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Assistant Showroom Manager (Full or Part Time), Christopher Wharton - St Albans, Hertfordshire

The Role Assistant Showroom Manager (Full or Part Time) Christopher Wharton Goldsmith Ltd St Albans, Hertfordshire With over 70 years’ experience, Wharton Goldsmith is the premier St Albans jewellers renowned for designer and bespoke designer jewellery of the finest quality. Situated on George Street just off Verulam Road in the heart of the city.   We are looking for a bright energetic Assistant Jewellery Showroom Manager to join our team in St Albans. You must have previous jewellery experience with a a proven sales track record, excellent communication skills and a personality is essential. Job Type Full or part time ,

Sales Assistant - Fitzgerald Jewellers - Canterbury, Kent

The role Jewellery Sales Assistant - Full Time Fitzgerald Jewellers Canterbury, Kent Fitzgerald Jewellers specialises in bespoke jewellery handmade in our Canterbury workshop. Alongside our bespoke offering, we stock unique jewellery and watch brands such as Alex Monroe and Mondaine. We like to think that the Fitzgerald’s experience is unlike any other jewellers in Kent. We are looking for a full time Sales Assistant to join our team at Fitzgerald Jewellers. We have a small but passionate team who love their job so every day is such a joy. This is a really exciting opportunity to join us as we

Part Time Social Media & Marketing Assistant, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The Role Part Time Social Media & Marketing Assistant, E.C One the Jewellers (4 Days a week) E.C. One is the award winning jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London who are renowned for offering both designer and precious fine jewellery. Voted as ‘The Most Inspiring Jewellers in the UK’ as well as ‘Best for Fashion’ , and ‘Best Boutique Jewellers’ . We are currently looking for a Part Time Social Media & Marketing Assistant to join our happy team. The Role The ideal candidate will work closely with our Website Manager to create engaging content for the company's social media presence. This

Full Time Junior Goldsmith, Walter Bull & Son - Cirencester, Gloucestershire

The Role Full Time Junior Goldsmith Walter Bull & Son Cirencester, Gloucestershire We are a family business that has been established for over 200 years retailing fine / antique jewellery with an onsite workshop and design service undertaking repairs and bespoke commissions. We are looking for a skilled and passionate junior Goldsmith who loves what they do, and would like to develop their skills within a growing business. The successful candidate would work closely with our experienced goldsmith, whilst liaising with our CAD Designer and Repairs / Workshop Manager. Ideal Candidate 3+ years of general goldsmith experience Experience and ability

Jewellery Sales Associate / Office Administrator, The Northcote Jeweller - Clapham, London

The role Jewellery Sales Associate / Office Administrator The Northcote Jeweller Clapham, London We are an established jewellery company manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing fine jewellery for over 30 years. We are an enthusiastic team with a passion for quality jewellery. We currently have an exciting opportunity for a full time Jewellery Sales Associate / Office Administrator to join our enthusiastic team at The Northcote Jeweller. We We are looking for someone who is ambitious and confident to join us as a full time Jewellery Sales Associate including weekends.  Providing excellent client experiences, forging long-term client relationships and working with the

Goldsmith / Jeweller (Flexible Working) - Full Time, Vashi, London

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/phPsnH6zZxg] The role Goldsmith / Jeweller (Flexible Working) Vashi London When our customers co-create a piece of jewellery, it’s our craftsmen and women who bring their ideas to life.  Our customers have unrivalled access to their jewellery at every stage of creation, giving them the opportunity to play a key role in the design, casting, setting and polishing, and even letting them get hands-on, adding the finishing touches to their design while guided by you. This is your chance to partner with the customer throughout the process from casting grain to the finished article. All the while

Jewellery Workshop & Teaching Assistant, The Ringsmiths - London SE1

The role Jewellery Workshop & Teaching Assistant The Ringsmiths London, SE1 The role is varied and hands on. It will involve helping with all aspects of jewellery production, teaching and sales. These include cleaning castings, sizing rings, Hatton garden runs to our suppliers and outworkers, with a view to becoming a fully trained Ringsmiths teacher. The day to day running of the space will include: Cleaning and setting up, in preparation for workshops. Being the first point of contact with customers attending workshops. Managing and packing of kits. Printing labels and post office runs.  Communicating regularly with relevant team members

Assay Office London Launch Make Your Mark 2017

Make Your Mark, the UK’s leading networking and career development event for new precious metal designers and makers, returns to Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London from 31 October – 1 November 2017. Now in its fourth year, the event comes complete with a treasure trove of opportunities to help emerging designers, apprentices and students of jewellery and the allied trades develop successful careers in the field. The free two-day event is open to apprentices; students on a UK-based precious-metal-related full or part-time course whether at degree level, a short adult education or privately tutored course; tutors; masters; and

Give the Gift of Time

It's that time of year full of festive cheer but the quest for finding that perfect gift can set your patience on fire! As your list of errands become never-ending, pop your feet up, grab a jug of mulled wine and let Benchpeg guide you through a gift guide guaranteed to stand the test of time. How about something sparkly for your sister, something bright  for your niece, sleek and sharp for your brother or what about something dainty for your ? When it comes to picking the perfect timepiece, the array of styles, designs and fits are endless! We've got your

The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office Celebrate Ten Years in Hatton Garden

This week the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office celebrates the tenth anniversary of its Greville Street Sub-Office in the heart of Hatton Garden. Like all good birthday parties, the celebrations kicked off with cupcakes and balloons.  Andy Waker, Manager of the Sub-Office crossed to the other side of the counter and chatted with his customers. Alex Palmer, Counter Logistics, reminisced about the past decade calling the opening of the office “the best decision the London Assay Office has ever made”.  Noting how time flies when you’re having fun, Andy recognised that the sub-office has gone from strength to strength and has become

Imperial Time Launches Amber Jewellery Online Shop

T aking inspiration from nature and culture, Imperial Time have launched their latest stunning collection of jewellery online. Using one of the most beautiful natural resources, amber, each piece is unique, full of character, and handcrafted by the family run business.   Based in Poland and with a distribution centre in the USA, Imperial Time is taking advantage of one of its location’s most prized exports. The exquisite Baltic amber has been used by jewellers for years thanks to its alluring colour and reported healing properties. Now fans of the elegant look of amber can purchase a range of impressive,

Flora in Full Bloom

A classic style, popular in the 50s and now growing its way back into the fashion sunlight is colourful, dainty flower and bouquet studded jewellery!  The intricate and delicate botanical shapes and patterns of enchanting blossom gardens turn this trend into one of pure beauty and super-feminine creativity. Designers have kept designs simple and brought them to life in harmonious colours, tones and acute attention to detail in petals, stems and pistils. Spring awakens into summer as our accessories get the full bloom treatment of bold and striking splashes of colour, sparkling embellishment of charming gemstones and a nod to

Production Assistant, Weston Beamor - Birmingham

The role Production Assistant Weston Beamor Birmingham B18 6LT Voted ‘Jewellery & Watch Supplier of the Year’ in Retail Jeweller’s 2021 & 2020 UK Jewellery Awards and Bridal Supplier of the Year in Professional Jeweller’s 2020 ‘Collections of the Year’, Domino Jewellery is a leading jewellery manufacturer and supplier with an enviable reputation for design excellence. Our passion for quality and attention to detail ensures we continue to flourish and achieve great things. In order to support our growth we are seeking an experienced Production Assistant to join our team in Birmingham. The successful candidate will be responsible for: Helping

Studio Assistant, The Jewellery Studio - Cardiff

The role Studio Assistant The Jewellery Studio Cardiff In the studio, we work with customers to create bespoke jewellery as well as taking in repairs and selling stock. We are looking for someone enthusiastic about design to join our creative team who is willing to take on the many everyday tasks. Requirements: Customer service skills Creative interest Team player Interest in Jewellery/Jewellery Design Ability to adapt to various tasks To Apply If you would like to apply for the position, please send us your CV and covering letter by using the application form below. About us We are an independent

Studio Assistant & Project Coordinator, Antony Gormley Studio

Studio Assistant & Project Coordinator, Antony Gormley Studio Kings Cross, London Antony Gormley Studio is made up of a lively and wide-ranging group of individuals with a common aim of extending the language of sculpture and making it available to a wider world. The Studio Assistant and Project Coordinator will primarily be a fabricator of artworks, while also applying this knowledge to leading the technical aspects of installations and project development. As a core member of the Studio team, you will work closely with both the internal workshop and project teams and external project partners, playing a key technical role

Sarah Salmon

Meet Benchpeg's Trends Editor. She makes up part of the team that bring the Benchpeg website, newsletter and social media feeds to our lovely readers, subscribers and followers   Sarah Salmon Trends Editor Sarah has a natural flair for creativity and design, and is our trends and blog guru. She manages Benchpeg's weekly  trends and fashion content . Her full time job is as a Digital Marketing Executive in the Educational Sector. Previously she worked as the Editorial and Digital Assistant at  Gem-A , where she worked on Gem-A's Gems & Jewellery and The Journal of Gemmology publications as well as on

Showstoppers Talk: Shining silver commissions from the Sheffield Assay Office collection; the work of Junko Mori

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Workshop Assistant, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The role Workshop Assistant E.C. One Clerkenwell, London E.C. One is the award-winning ethical jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London.  We specialise in using sustainable and ethically sourced materials and were the first UK jewellers to gain B. Corp certification. We have a tight knit team who all enjoy workking together We are currently looking for someone to help assist our three highly skilled Goldsmiths who produce our bespoke pieces.  About the Workshop Assistant EC One’s workshop creates bespoke work for our clients as well as producing in-house collections for our store and other clients. Due to unprecedented growth, our workshop is

Sheffield Assay Office Calendar 2018

Call for Applications: Sheffield Assay Office Calendar 2018 The Sheffield Assay Office would like to invite applications to contribute to the Sheffield Assay Office Calendar 2018.  Eligibility To submit possible contributions, please supply one or two images of recent work that have passed through the Sheffield Assay Office, ideally in the last year, Image requirements An image minimum of 300dpi, jpeg format . Additional information We like to include a little interpretation to sit alongside the image. Please submit the following information: Title of the object, A brief description,  Material (Sterling Silver, Argentium, Britannia, Fine Silver, Gold, Platinum, Palladium) and other base

Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The Role Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer 3- 4 days a week ​E.C. One Clerkenwell, London E.C. One is the award winning jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London who are renowned for offering both designer and precious fine jewellery. Voted as  ‘The Most Inspiring Jewellers in the UK’  as well as  ‘Best for Fashion’ , and  ‘Best Boutique Jewellers’ . We are currently looking for a Workshop Assistant/ CAD Designer to join our happy team. About the Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer Role EC One’s workshop creates bespoke work for our clients as well as producing in-house collections for our store. The busy

Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer, E.C. One - Clerkenwell, London

The Role Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer 3- 4 days a week ​E.C. One Clerkenwell, London E.C. One is the award winning jewellers based in Clerkenwell, London who are renowned for offering both designer and precious fine jewellery. Voted as  ‘The Most Inspiring Jewellers in the UK’  as well as  ‘Best for Fashion’ , and  ‘Best Boutique Jewellers’ . We are currently looking for a Workshop Assistant/ CAD Designer to join our happy team. About the Workshop Assistant / CAD Designer Role EC One’s workshop creates bespoke work for our clients as well as producing in-house collections for our store. The busy

The Sorting Office Summer Open Studios

This year The Sorting Office Summer Open Studios will be held over the weekend of 17th - 18th June. The popular event is run as part of Eastleigh Unwrapped Festival and welcomes visitors to take a look around the studios, meet the artists and shop for locally made products and gifts. To read more about the line-up for Eastleigh Unwrapped, see their website. Formerly a Royal Mail Sorting Centre, The Sorting Office is now home to 16 creative makers, from illustrators and print designers to jewellery makers and textile artists. As part of the Open Studios we'll once again be

Senior Jewellery Production Assistant, Queensmith Master Jewellers - Hatton Garden, London

The role Senior Jewellery Production Assistant Queensmith Master Jewellers Hatton Garden, London Queensmith Master Jewellers is an award-winning bridal jeweller situated in London’s historic jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden. Specialising in made-to-order engagement rings, wedding bands and fine diamond jewellery, we are one of the youngest and fastest growing bespoke jewellers in London. The Role Our growth and success has created a position for a Senior Jewellery Production Assistant. Reporting directly to the Production Director; the successful candidate will fast become an integral member of the team assisting the production process of every item designed and manufactured. They will assist in

Dial Into Botanical Beauties of Time

With Spring well & truly sprung and scandalous summer getting ready to sashay onto the scene, it's time to work some bodacious blooms and fiery florals into your new season look.  With Greenery hailed as the trans-seasonal Pantone colour of the year, this fresh and zesty hue of vitality has been dominating the trend forecasts and has now clocked onto our wrist-wear adornments. The beauty of nature is emblematic throughout this botanical theme in watchmaking with themes of escapism, urban revival and restorative wellbeing captured through the floral studded craftsmanship.  Flora and fauna have blossomed their way into our Springtime-wrist

Bench spaces available in spacious Shoreditch Studio

Bench spaces available in spacious Shoreditch Studio We have some part-time or full-time bench space available from April 2021 in our studio in the heart of Shoreditch to share with two established ex-RCA jewellers. There are two large rooms, one is our office space, which can also be used for meetings and includes a kitchen, the other is a jewellery workshop which is fitted with jewellery benches, work surfaces, and essential tools. Both rooms have central heating and running water.  Additionally there is a private covered outdoor space which is ideal for large work and storage plus  private parking for tenants .

Ask the Professionals, The Sorting Office

Have you ever wondered just how to get your work sold in a shop? Or maybe how you get into a Trade Fair?  What about exhibitions and craft fairs? When the competition is strong how do you stand out from the crowd, and what makes a successful application? In this event you will hear from 3 industry professionals on how to make successful applications to retail and online outlets, trade fairs, exhibitions and craft fairs. Jon Tutton - MADE Brighton MADE Brighton is an annual Design and Craft Fair held at The Corn Exchange in Brighton. The event, organised by

Office Junior, Emdico - Hatton Garden, London

The role Office Junior Emdico Hatton Garden, London We are now looking to appoint an Office Junior to assist the Emdico team with client enquiries and orders. Tasks would include liaising with workshops and other stone dealers in the manufacturing of jewellery pieces for stock and client orders, uploading images and taking pictures for our website. This is a great opportunity to learn the jewellery trade and get an all round overview at a well established high end jewellery and stone dealing company. To apply, please send us your CV and covering letter using the application form below. About us

Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office Retires

The Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office in London, Dr Robert Organ, is to retire after 21 years of service. Robert began his career at the Goldsmiths’ Company in 2000 as Superintendent Assayer of the London Assay Office, before taking over as Deputy Warden (Managing Director-equivalent) in 2006. The Goldsmiths’ Company has been responsible for guaranteeing the purity of items made of precious metals since 1300, when the hallmarking statute was passed. Commenting on his retirement, Robert said, “It has been a privilege and honour to serve as Deputy Warden. I have taken great pride in adding to

Goldsmiths’ Company to Stage UK’s Biggest Precious Metal Student Event

On 1 and 2 November, London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall will host the UK’s biggest careers event for apprentices and students of jewellery and allied trades. Following the huge success of the events in 2014 and 2015 the event will now be extended over two days and will deliver even more inspiration, advice and networking opportunities. Make Your Mark is a completely free tutor–student event open to apprentices, and anyone studying on a UK-based precious-metal-related course (full- or part-time) whether at degree level or on a short adult education or private tutored course. Led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, and supported

Make Your Mark - Day 1

Make Your Mark is the leading event for students on a precious metal related course. It will be held on the 1st - 2nd November 2016 at Goldsmiths' Hall, London. Who should attend? Make Your Mark  is a completely free tutor–student event open to anyone studying on a UK-based precious-metal-related course (full- or part-time), whether at degree level or on a short adult education or private tutored course. What's it all about? Led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, the event provides a packed programme of fascinating talks from leading figures in

Make Your Mark - Day 2

Make Your Mark is the leading event for students on a precious metal related course. It will be held on the 1st - 2nd November 2016 at Goldsmiths' Hall, London. Who should attend? Make Your Mark  is a completely free tutor–student event open to anyone studying on a UK-based precious-metal-related course (full- or part-time), whether at degree level or on a short adult education or private tutored course. What's it all about? Led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, the event provides a packed programme of fascinating talks from leading figures in

Make Your Mark

Make  Your  Mark is t he leading event for students on a precious metal related course. It will be held on the 1st - 2nd November 2016 at Goldsmiths' Hall, London. Make Your Mark is a completely free tutor–student event open to anyone studying on a UK-based precious-metal-related course (full- or part-time), whether at degree level or on a short adult education or private tutored course. Led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, the event provides a packed programme of fascinating talks from leading figures in the trade, live demos,

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office Celebrate Ten Years at Heathrow

This month the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office celebrates the tenth anniversary of its Heathrow Sub-Office within the secure premises of Brink’s Global Services, at Heathrow Airport.  Like all good birthday parties, the celebrations kicked off with a cake!  Between bites Kevin Bowles, Heathrow Sub-Office Manager, said, “Setting up the facility in partnership with Brink’s secure logistics services has proven to give unrivalled efficiency and security for a decade. I’m really proud of that, and my team here.” In the secure premises the team of 11 cover the entire assay and hallmarking process.  Opened in January 2008, the office was set up as

Birmingham Assay Office launch optional rainbow mark

The Birmingham Assay Office has announced the launch of its special Rainbow Logo mark which has been created to be applied as an optional mark alongside the hallmark and date letter for 2020. The Rainbow Logo will be available for a limited period from the 1st July until December 2020. The mark depicts the iconic Rainbow symbol that has become synonymous during the current pandemic. The mark will be applied with the date letter “V” in combination with a statutory hallmark and can be lasered on gold, silver, platinum or palladium.  It can also be applied as a standalone logo

Weston Beamor team earns full set of Fairtrade certificates

Weston Beamor have started 2018 with a flurry of activity with the entire customer service division earning their Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Certificates of Accreditation. Training for the certificates was prompted firstly by their award recently ‘Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year’ and also by the increasing curiosity among customers for a jewel's back story such as material origins and the supplier's trading practices. So each member of the 12-strong customer facing team took to their computers and completed the Fairtrade Foundation’s online ‘Fairtrade Gold Sales Ambassador Certificate of Accreditation’ courses. It means the team is familiar with how the

Time to Strike Smart: The Gift Of Christmas

Clocking into a trend of sleek functionality, effortless design, technological skill wound up in striking aesthetics; the smart watch has struck its anointed hour as the leading innovative wrist wear to deliver! Rising from the initial murmurs of scepticism, the smart watch has been ticking its way into the limelight and has strapped itself in as the laid-back king of smartphone accessories for 2016. Not to be cast aside as a geeky gimmick reserved only for big bang theory personalities, this aesthetically stunning accessory offers a plethora of desirable functions that provide new-found comfort and clear tailored results unique to

Richard Fox takes office in a challenging year as 'Trade' Prime Warden

The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to announce that Richard Fox, Managing Director of Fox Silver, has taken office as Prime Warden, in succession to Dr Timothy Schroder. With a background in silversmithing, design and business leadership, Richard has successfully created beautiful silverware for the likes of Formula One and Rolls Royce for almost four decades. His primary focus will be championing the trade of silversmiths, jewellers and allied industries during his year in office. Richard’s distiguished career as a silversmith started as an extra-curriclar activity at school, but soon became “an all-consuming passion”. After gaining a Master’s degree in design

Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office Make Your Mark Awards 2019

Call for Applications: Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office Make Your Mark Awards 2019  Students and designers are invited to design a piece of jewellery or silverware that celebrates the iconic London Hallmark. The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office will be presenting a range of exciting awards for both finished pieces or design drawings with a chance to have your work exhibited at Goldsmiths’ Hall during the Make Your Mark event on the 5th February 2019. The winner of each category will receive £1,000. Runners up will receive £500. There will also be other prizes including exclusive career enhancing opportunities and each winner will recieve a special certificate. The winners

Keeping Time Never Looked So Good!

There's no other timeless piece in one's jewellery box than the classic wristwatch. Not long ago, the rage was to have  that  Michael Kors rose gold watch. However, it seems that 2019 is where keeping time has never looked so good, or diverse. Whether you are looking to add another treasure to your growing collection or making this Spring Season the time you invest in a timepiece, the market has never been so abundant with options. Looking for something chic and smart? Or maybe something bold and sparkly? How about dainty and delicate or classically practical? There's a wristwatch suited

Etsy Heroes: Win £1000 in time for Christmas

You could win £1000 (to spend on absolutely anything you like) when you start selling on Etsy here using the code ETSYHEROES by 30 November 2016 It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas! An exciting time for designer-makers as you prepare for gift buying mania. Why not seize the opportunity to sell your creations on Etsy, just in time for the festive period? ‘Tis the season for creative entrepreneurs and one lucky new Etsy seller will win a £1000 business grant to help them on their way. To help you get started , four creative bloggers met their ‘Etsy

Jeweller (Part Time / Weekends), Vashi, London

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/phPsnH6zZxg] The role Jeweller (Part Time / Weekends) Vashi Covent Garden, London When our customers co-create a piece of jewellery, it’s our craftsmen and women who bring their ideas to life.  Our customers have unrivalled access to their jewellery at every stage of creation, giving them the opportunity to play a key role in the design, casting, setting and polishing, and even letting them get hands-on, adding the finishing touches to their design while guided by you. This is your chance to partner with the customer throughout the process from casting grain to the finished article. All

First Jewelry Launches for the First Time in the UK

For the first time, First Jewelry has launched its Persona brand of sterling silver jewellery, beads and charms on this side of the Atlantic. The Toronto based brand has been a staple of the retail bead and charm market throughout  North America, and with a recently expanded product offering and the hugely popular  PEANUTS© by Persona licenced collection, has now made its debut to UK and European retailers. The expertise of First Jewelry Limited in marketing and distributing silver jewellery for unique market segments has positioned the Persona brand for success with UK consumers starting this  fall. “First Jewelry was

Assay Office to host Make Your Mark once again

On the 5th February 2019, Goldsmiths’ Hall is opening its doors once again to all students, tutors,  graduates and apprentices of the jewellery and allied trades to help them make their mark in industry.  This hugely popular free one day event led by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and supported by the Goldsmiths’ Company, is a one stop shop to learn everything you need to know about hallmarking, manufacturing and introduce you to the support networks available to help you in your career. This includes the range of support the Goldsmiths’ Company can offer new entrants to the trade such

Edinburgh Assay Office’s CEO and Assay Master assumes international Chairman role

Scott Walter, who is the chief executive and master of the Edinburgh Assay Office will take up the role of chairman of the Convention on the Control & Marking of Articles of Precious Metals (CCMAPM) at the end of November. Mr Walter held previous roles within the Convention sitting on the Standing Technical committee and the Vision and Strategy Working group. Mr Walter has recently completed a five-year term as chairman of the International Association of Assay Offices, which culminated in its merger with the CCMAPM. The Edinburgh Assay Office has been testing and hallmarking precious metals since 1457 and is the trading arm of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths

Edinburgh Assay Office’s CEO and Assay Master assumes international Chairman role

Scott Walter, who is the chief executive and master of the Edinburgh Assay Office will take up the role of chairman of the Convention on the Control & Marking of Articles of Precious Metals (CCMAPM) at the end of November. Mr Walter held previous roles within the Convention sitting on the Standing Technical committee and the Vision and Strategy Working group. Mr Walter has recently completed a five-year term as chairman of the International Association of Assay Offices, which culminated in its merger with the CCMAPM. The Edinburgh Assay Office has been testing and hallmarking precious metals since 1457 and is the trading arm of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths

Part Time Bench Jeweller, Libby Rak Gallery of Jewellery - Woodstock, Oxfordshire

The role Part Time Bench Jeweller Libby Rak Gallery of Jewellery Woodstock, Oxfordshire Established in 2017, Libby Rak Gallery of Jewellery is an award-winning independent jewellers located in the beautiful historic market town of Woodstock. The gallery is both a gallery and a customer facing workshop therefore any applicant must be happy with customer service as well as being at the bench! We work in all precious metals and both precious and semi-precious gemstones. I am looking for a part time Bench Jeweller to work alongside me two to three days a week including Saturdays. Your main role will be

Change in My Time; 5 Craft Commissions Devon Guild of Craftsmen

A Good Age – Change in My Time; 5 Craft Commissions Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Libraries Unlimited are seeking to commission five, UK based, professional older artists (born before 1948) to make new contemporary craft work responding to a theme of age and change within the artist’s lifetime. The commissioned works will be shown alongside craftwork made in local community workshops, in a celebratory exhibition ‘A Good Age’ at Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Autumn 2019. The aim is to engage and support older people and as such these commissions are seen as an investment in older artists.  These commissions

A Good Age: Change in my Time – 5 Craft Commissions

A Good Age: Change in my Time – 5 Craft Commissions Devon Guild of Craftsmen and Libraries Unlimited are seeking to commission five UK based, professional older artists (born before 1948) to make new contemporary craft work responding to a theme of age and change within the artist’s lifetime. The commissioned works will be shown alongside craftwork made in local community workshops, in a celebratory exhibition ‘ A Good Age’ at Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Autumn 2019. Proposals to be in all disciplines of craft including jewellery, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Criteria  A ny UK based contemporary craft practitioner

Felieke van der Leest: Once Upon A Time In My West

Felieke van der Leest: Once Upon A Time In My West A showcase from the celebrated Dutch jeweller Felieke van der Leest. This exhibition celebrates the fantastical world of fairy tales and the Wild West. Felieke van der Leest is a trained metalsmith, graduating from the jewellery department at the Rietveld Academie (The Netherlands) in 1996. She has lived and worked in Øystese, Norway since 2008. Living close to a Zoo, her passion for animals probably started in her childhood just like her love for crocheting in textiles. Combining this with precious metals and plastic toy animals, she developed her

Eileen Gatt Transforms Former Black Isle Post Office Into Ethical Jewellery Centre

The small village of Munlochy, on the Black Isle, is set to be at the forefront of Scotland’s drive to become a world leader in ethical jewellery making and silversmithing. Eileen Gatt has recently given up her Edinburgh studio in order to transform the former post office, a few miles from Inverness, into a centre for ethical making and design. It’ll be a lengthy task, but thanks to a £4,000 bursary from the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh, plus £11,000 from Creative Scotland and £30,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), it’s a project she thinks has a bright future.

Corporate Meets Colour in MAYA Gemstones' 'Out of Office' Collection

MAYA Gemstones new collection puts the fun into paperwork. A homage to stationary, the collection reimagines dull desk-fodder into bright, wearable jewellery. Breaking through an abundance of autumnal rust and russet, bright neon dances and reflects shiny yellow and white gold.  Decorated with sapphires, rubies and diamonds, earrings are bent into geometric shapes, evoking the modest paperclip, or straight bars encrusted with the neon pink lead of a pencil. Bracelets etched with increments of measure glint neon on the inside and out.  Sharp use of neon juxtaposes the mundanity of the everyday objects it decorates. The youthfulness of colour evokes

This time, it's personal: Gecko launch new Alphabet collection at Jewellery and Watch 2019

Personalisation was one of 2018’s most popular trends, according to the Business of Fashion- and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere this year as Gecko unveil their new ‘Alphabet collection’ at Jewellery and Watch event today.  Consumers, now more than ever, seek to define themselves. With the emergence and prevalence of social media platforms, people no longer see themselves as just consumers, but producers also. Self-image has never been more important, nor has the idea of one’s own ‘personal brand’.  The idea of creating ‘personalised’ items for those with the most popular names or initials is outdated, with a

Gaelle Khouri’s ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ collection launches in time for Halloween

'The Garden of Earthly Delights' is the debut collection from Lebonon-born designer, Gaelle Khouris. Impeccably timed to launch prior to Halloween, the collection encapsulates the feeling of the season with skeletal insects and scaled creatures.  With a career in ecomics in her cross-hares, Khouris moved from Lebanon to New York. After realising her true calling in design; she refocused her sights on the study of Fine Jewellery. Fascinated by philosophy and the intangible realm of the mind, Gaelle commit her thoughts to designs. She creates intriguing pieces for sophisticated women to give them a distinctive edge. Collections launch in two

Strong performance earns Anna Blackburn place on Beaverbrooks board

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Dazzle @ Oxo 2017

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The Jewellers Toolkit

Designing jewellery and setting off on a major project or piece can be an intimidating prospect, especially when looking at using outworkers for the first time. Our Jeweller’s Toolkit has been produced to help you better understand your jewellery manufacturing needs, and it’s free to use. How to use the Jewellers Toolkit The Jeweller's Toolkit is a digital booklet, free to download. Produced by Benchpeg, the Toolkit can be downloaded as a compelte booklet, but we've also broken each handy chapter out into a fact sheet for individual use and reference. Download your full copy here , or the relevant                        

Artist in Residence Programme

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Assay Offices

By law all items sold as gold, silver, platinum or palladium in the UK must be hallmarked to confirm that they meet the legal standard of alloy proportionality for the precious metal they are being sold as. This can only be carried out by one of the four UK Assay Offices, or an Assay Office belonging to the International Convention. Here are where to find the four UK offices... Assay Office London Goldsmiths' Hall Gutter Lane London EC2V 8AQ www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk                 Birmingham Assay Office 1 Moreton Street Birmingham B1 3AX theassayoffice.co.uk    

Retail Sales Associate, Vashi, London

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Artist in Residence at the Glasgow School of Art 2018

Call for Applications: Artist in Residence at the Glasgow School of Art Silversmithing and Jewellery Department BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery Design at the Glasgow School of Art is pleased to announce its Artist in Residence(AIR) programme and invites interested individuals to apply directly to Anna Gordon, Head of Department.   The residency position is in essence, space and facilities in exchange for a small teaching assistant input.  You would be given access to bench space and facilities within the School’s workshops for the duration of the residency, for which there would be no charge. The position should be viewed as

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Q&A: Robert Organ

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The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office has launched its design competition to encourage creativity in the use of the Hallmark Applications are now open for the The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office inaugural Make Your Mark Awards , a new design competition that aims to challenge today’s students working in precious metal. The Awards will be presented at a special event on Tuesday 1 November 2016, during Make Your Mark . This year’s benchpeg Awards will also be on display, with winners announced on the night. “Anyone who sells precious metal jewellery or silverware in the UK is required by law to

Summer Open Studios 2017

The Sorting Office Summer Open Studios 2017 The Sorting Office will be opening their doors to the public once again for their annual Summer Open Studios event. Open Studios is the perfect chance for visitors to browse the vibrant studio spaces and buy an exquisite array of wares, expertly hand-crafted by local designer-makers. The 17 resident designer-makers will be on hand to welcome visitors, talk about their crafts and show off their work, while a selection of local artists and makers will also be setting up shop in our Production House for the event’s ever-popular Maker's Fair. A number of

Angela Gillies Sees Winning Design Hallmarked In London

Currently  studying Jewellery and Metal Design at the University of Dundee  Angela Gillies, winner of  the 2017 Ingle & Rhode Fairtrade Gold Design Award has had her winning piece hallmarked by the London Assay Office. Angela’s winning piece entitled ‘Nestled’ has been cast and was taken to the London Assay Office to be hallmarked and stamped with the Fairtrade mark last week. Made in Fairtrade 18ct white gold and set with a 0.5ct round brilliant cut Canadian diamond, Angela’s ring is designed to allow a wedding ring to tuck in underneath the feather, so that the two rings will sit

Big Names Get Set for Make Your Mark

The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office has announced the line-up for the first ever  Make Your Mark  Q&A Panel of Experts. “We are introducing the Panel this year in response to the huge popularity of talks at previous Make Your Mark events,”  explains Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office. “The success of  Make Your Mark  in 2014 and 2015 proved that there is huge demand for advice and inspiration among students wanting to set out on careers in precious metals and so this year, alongside the very popular talks by Theo Fennell and Michael Wainwright -

Appointment: Doug Henry, New CEO & Assay Master

The AnchorCert Group, comprising Assay Office Birmingham, AnchorCert Analytical, AnchorCert Gem Lab, SafeGuard Valuations and AnchorCert Academy, has announced the appointment of Doug Henry MBA as incoming Chief Executive and Assay Master. Doug, who is currently joint CEO, will commence his new appointment as the company's 14th Assay Master on Monday 3 April 2017, having originally joined AnchorCert Group to restructure the quality management system in September 2014. Doug then successfully project-managed the business relocation to Moreton Street in July 2015. Doug has subsequently led the management of the Indian off-shore sub-office, and continues to support the development of quality

Make Your Mark Competition

Call for Applications: Make Your Mark design competition *Applications are now closed* Students are invited to Make Their Mark on the Industry - The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office launches design competition to encourage creativity in the use of the Hallmark The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office is launching the Make Your Mark Awards , a new design competition that aims to challenge today’s students working in precious metal. The Awards, which will open in September, will be presented at a special event on Tuesday 1 November 2016, during Make Your Mark . This year’s benchpeg Awards will also be on display, with

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Q&A: Patrick Fuller

Patrick Fuller has been at the helm of the jewellery industry for some 30 years. A charismatic individual who has held every senior influential position in the British jewellery industry going. He is currently a Guardian of the Birmingham Assay Office, a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company and President of the National Association of Jewellers as well as a Freeman of the City of London. A former President of the National Association of Goldsmiths; President of Emagold Europe; Director of the British Jewellery and Giftware Federation; President of the British Jewellery and Giftware Federation; Member of the British Hallmarking Council

Trial of the Pyx 2017

Trial of the Pyx 2017  Since 1871, the annual Trial of the Pyx has taken place at the Hall of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London. The Trial of the Pyx dates back to the 12th century, making it one of the longest established judicial procedures in the country. The Trial is held annually at London’s Goldsmiths’ Hall in accordance with the Coinage Act of 1971, and is presided over by the Queen’s Remembrancer of the Royal Courts of Justice, the oldest judicial office in the UK, dating back to the twelfth century. The 2017 Trial of the Pyx will

Benchpeg Awards 2016

Benchpeg held its first Benchpeg Awards evening in partnership with the Goldsmiths Company Assay Office on the 1st November in association with their Make Your Mark event. It was a lovely evening where the winners of the Benchpeg Awards 2016 were revealed, after our panel of independent judges presided over the short list of 19 entries out of 147 submissions to the competition. Here we see a few of the Instagram pics taken on the night and at the event during the day. #benchpegawards  Photo credits: Intstagram #benchpegawards #benchpeg #makeyourmark #makeyourmarklondon #goldsmithshall #goldsmithscompany

Longer Days & Neon Gems: MAYA Gemstones extends Collections to include new Electric Neon Pieces

Last year, MAYA Gemstones released its 'Out of Office' collection . The triangle cut gems, unique to the brand, adorned cutesy stationery inspired jewellery. For summer 2020, MAYA Gemstones is expanding both this collection, and its Sonya collection to include new Electric Neon pieces.  Splashes of neon embellish stackable and mismatched paperclip earrings, quirky ruler bracelets and rings and round enamel and quartz rings with a central triangular diamond.  MAYA Gemstones' new Electric Neon Additions The bent wire 'paperclip' form of the earrings allow them to interlink with one another creating a unique drop earring in a neon rainbow, or

Q&A: Adam Jacobs

Adam Jacobs is joint owner of Reading's oldest independent retail jewellery shop, Jacobs the Jewellers . The business has won accolades such as Winner: UK 'Jewellery Retailer of the Year' 2015; Inspiring Independent 2015; Independent Retailer of the Year 2015; Inspiring Independent 2013; Independent Retailer of the Year 2013 and Inspiring Independent 2012. Before joining the family business Adam had worked at Head Office, Marks & Spencer Plc and then at Evidently, a boutique marketing agency in London. Adam holds a BSc (Hons) in Management from Bath University. Adam is a member of the National Association of Jewellers and is

Elsa Peretti (1940 – 2021)

Tiffany's star jewelry designer and philanthropist Elsa Peretti dies in Spain It is with great sadness that Elsa Peretti’s death yesterday from natural causes was announced by her family office in Zurich and by the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation. The designer, who was famous for her creations for high-end US jewelers Tiffany, passed away in a village close to Barcelona, Spain, at the age of 80. Her legacy comprises a body of exceptional design work as well as a foundation dedicated to humanitarian, environmental and conservation causes. A true citizen of the world, her absence will be strongly felt

Make Your Mark Awards 2019 Winners Announced

Now in its third year, the Make Your Mark award ceremony, organised by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, was held on Tuesday as part of the wider Make Your Mark event. The event, and the competition, were designed to celebrate and promote the British Hallmark.  As the event is largely geared towards newcomers to the trade, the competition has two entrance categories, one for industry members who completed their training within the last 5 years, and one to accommodate those who are a little earlier in their careers, for students and apprentices.    Dr Robert Organ, Deputy Warden of the

Cooksongold Mark 100th Year Anniversary with New Store Opening

Cooksongold, the UK’s largest jewellery making supplier, is celebrating 100 years of being at the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The old shop layout In 1918 Cooksongold, established a manufacturing site and sales office on Vittoria Street, to serve both jewellery manufacturers and industrial users in the Midlands area. The business grew considerably in the early years constantly expanding its range of products and production facilities, and as a result bought the premises next door for use as production areas, stock holdings and a store. Following a series of further acquisitions the business has expanded further to form the Cooksongold

Catherine Hills 'takes over' Gill Wing

Gill Wing was the first gallery to show Catherine Hill’s distinctive jewellery, as a fresh graduate from the RCA, living locally in Islington. 20 years later, the gallery is allowing a 'take over' by the jeweller to celebrate their twenty year anniversary. Over the last twenty years Catherine Hills has won many awards for her nature inspired, textural treasures, as well as being famed as the chosen designer behind the jewellery for the box-office-breaking Harry Potter films. As one of Gill Wing Jewellery's original selected artists, Catherine has remained above fleeting trends with her unique and wearable designs, the epitome

Varoshe to open showroom in Kent - from handcuffs to handmade!

The handcuffs are off at a former police office in West Malling in Kent as bespoke jewellers Varoshe prepare for the grand opening of their flagship store following more than a year of restoration and restyling. Award-wining team Paul T Owens and Clare Carlson, who between them have 50 years experience of designing and making jewellery, will roll out their brand new showroom on April 21st with their own custom made designs proudly exhibited and their on site workshop ready for new commissions. They will also stock items from various designers, both established and emerging, showcasing the best in British

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh launch first Ethical Making Resource

The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh is set to host its second Ethical Making Symposium and Workshop event entitled It's In Our Hands - One Year On . At the event in Edinburgh next week the organisation will also launch the first ever Ethical Making Resource for jewellers and silversmiths. The Incorporation is a non-profit organisation set up by Royal Charter in 1687 which operates two charities, ‘Silver of the Stars’ and ‘The Scottish Goldsmiths’ Trust’ and administers and operates the Edinburgh Assay Office. Spearheading Ethical Knowledge Last year it held a ground breaking two day event

Make Your Mark Judge Adam Phillips Keen To View Entries

A legal requirement to sell precious metal, the hallmark needn’t simply be regarded as a required stamp to be hidden from the wearer. Adam Phillips, account manager at The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, London, and judge of this year’s Make Your Mark Awards, encourages makers to get creative with their hallmarking to make a real impact.   How creative can makers be with the positioning of a hallmark? "While the hallmark is regarded as the oldest form of consumer protection, it can also be used creatively as a marketing tool. Not only does it provide provenance, but it can also

Make Your Mark 2019

Make Your Mark 2019 Once again Goldsmiths’ Hall will be opening its doors to all students, graduates and apprentices of the jewellery and allied trades to help you make your mark in industry. This free one day event led by The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office will be a one stop shop to learn everything you need to know about hallmarking, manufacturing and support networks to help you in your career, alongside a packed schedule of talks and demonstrations and our Make Your Mark awards.  Exhibitor List Who to see at this year's Make Your Mark Association for Contemporary Jewellery Bellore

Artistar Jewels celebrates its sixth successful year and announces prize-winners

The sixth edition of Artistar Jewels has celebrated another successful year as the destination for the contemporary jewel from all corners of the globe. The event has grown to become a key event in the Italian fashion calendar.  Not just a showcase, but a genuine tool to champion, promote and grow jewellery businesses through tangible strategies, such as its book and e-book, commercial website and press office support for all exhibitors, it is serious about making a difference within the industry.  Over five-hundred jewels from around the world were on display, most of which were created specifically for the event. 

New Technologies make for a growth industry and an emerging one

The advent of electronic mining - the process of extracting gold, silver, copper from discarded electronic objects to make jewellery - is now a growing industry. The 26 year old London based jewellery designer Eliza Walter, Founder of Lylie, is the only jeweller in the UK sourcing all the materials for her designs from ‘urban mining’. Eliza Walter has been awarded a hallmark by the Birmingham Assay Office for her efforts.  Other new technologies in mainstream use include 3D printing in jewellery schools and jewellery manufacturing companies like Weston Beamor (3D printing for jewellery has seen a 450% growth year

Appointment: Anchorcert Appoints Steve Hamon as New Sales Director

AnchorCert Group, including Assay Office Birmingham, is pleased to confirm that it has appointed new Sales Director, Steve Hamon. Steve has more than 17 years’ experience as a senior sales and business development professional, including more than 4 years’ leading the UK and Eire Product Division for global testing laboratory Intertek and more than 5 years’ managing the BSI (British Standards Institution) Engineering, Testing and Kitemark divisions. Steve was officially appointed in December 2017 and has been working closely with the senior management and executive team to understand the complexities of the jewellery industry, as well as familiarise himself with

Appointment: Scott Williams Appointed NAJ’s New Head of Membership

The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) has appointed Scott Williams, previously the association’s Membership Services Officer, to fulfil the Head of Membership position. Scott will lead the Membership team based in the Birmingham office and travel across the UK to raise awareness of the association and its services. NAJ Chairman, Simon Johnson commented: “Since joining the association Scott has streamlined the administration process in the Membership department, his due diligence and sparkling personality have gone down well with members. Having excelled in his previous role, we are thrilled to offer Scott the opportunity to lead the Membership team and meet

Jewellery Jobs, Retail Jobs, Design Jobs, Sales Jobs, Marketing Jobs & Internships

Jewellery Jobs, Careers and Recruitment Benchpeg offers the best range of jewellery jobs in the jewellery industry for your career. Find and apply for the latest jewellery jobs and careers on benchpeg.com Benchpeg’s jewellery recruitment listings cover all areas of jobs in the jewellery trade and jewellery making jobs to make it the No. 1 resource for jewellery jobs in the UK.  About benchpeg.com/jobs The jewellery jobs listed on benchpeg.com/jobs provide opportunities for career moves in all types of jobs in the jewellery industry. From creative and jewelery design roles, to craft and jewellery manufacturing jobs, to head office, management

Welcoming A Bespoke Beauty: Vaessen | Walker

March has arrived in all its glory and as Spring begins to sprinkle her beauty upon the world, new jewellery brand Vassen | Walker have planted their roots in the jewellery world; blossoming with their  debut jewellery collection ALLORA. Louise Vaessen-Walker is the creative and founding director behind the contemporary jewellery and tableware brand where h er innovative collections have received much recognition both nationally and abroad. Louise has been commended in receiving a number of awards in both design and craftsmanship, most notably the London Assay Office Special Gold Award, and the 3D Innovative Technology Design Gold Award from

Scotgold Resources Ltd To Auction First Scottish Gold Rounds

On November 29 2016, Scotgold Resources Ltd will release 10 limited edition 1oz fine Scottish Gold Rounds. The Gold Rounds are made of the first pure Scottish gold mined from the Cononish Gold Mine in Tyndrum, Scotland and refined to 999.9 purity.  Scottish Gold Rounds can be bought in a sealed-bids auction with the deadline of 4pm 28th November 2016. Each Gold Round is stamped with a unique serial number corresponding to the Chain of Custody system and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Edinburgh Assay Office. The Gold Rounds have been minted by Baird & Co Bullion

Winchester Creative Enterprise Centre Moves Forward

The planning applications have now been submitted for a new Creative Enterprise Centre project in Winchester. The centre proposed, by Winchester City Council, will see the refurbishment of the ‘Goods Shed’ on Barfield Close to house a variety of visual artists and other, office-based creative businesses such as design and architecture practices. A new, warehouse-style building is also being considered as part of the proposal to accommodate performing arts organisations needing to rehearse, create new work or run workshops. The ambition is to provide advice and support to those organisations and individuals taking space in the Creative Enterprise Centre to

The Benchpeg Awards 2016: Winners Announced

This week in partnership with the Make Your Mark event held at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London we held the Benchpeg Awards 2016. The event, which included a showcase exhibition, evening awards reception and awards conferment, was a culmination of months of planning, nearly 150 entries to the competition and a glittering array of prizes. Awards Showcase The event kicked off with a showcase which was open to the public, at Goldsmiths’ Hall, home of the London Assay Office, of the 19 shortlisted entries which had been selected by a panel of independent judges from 147 national entries. The Shortlist The

Weston Beamor Restructures Management Team

Weston Beamor, the Birmingham-based 3D printing, casting and bespoke manufacturing company, has restructured the workings of its Management Team and appointed new staff in a bid to grow further its customer base. Glen Day remains as Head of Business Development, but, rather than being office based as in the past, he will now spend four days a week travelling the country to meet with Weston Beamor’s customers and potential customers. Day, who reports directly to the company’s Managing Director Andrew J Morton, retains his overall, supervisory role within Weston Beamor. However he hands over greater responsibility for the day-to-day running

RJC Hosts Its First Ever Open Day In Birmingham

Last week, the RJC held its very first Open Day  in  Birmingham.   The newly built Birmingham Assay Office located in the Jewellery Quarter, played host to the event where attendees gathered to hear more about the commercial relevance and necessity of RJC membership and certification in today’s jewellery industry. Attendees heard from a panel of industry experts that consisted of David Lewis, Managing Director of Maker Mends (RJC member since 2011);   Himesh  Pala, Managing Director of Pala Diamond Company Ltd (RJC member since 2011) and Gary  Wroe , Managing Director of Hockley Mint Ltd (RJC member since 2013). The panel

The Little Black Book of Jewellery Terms

Ever felt like you’ve stumbled into a foreign land of unknown territory like Alice falling into wonderland whilst a constant whirlwind of name-drops and fancy words are thrown your way? Welcome to the Jewellery world! Welcome to the Benchpeg library of learning! Listen up and take note as there's a lot to be said for confidently slipping some technical babble into conversation to elevate your respect and cachet within the Jewellery world... Assay Hallmark: The hallmark and coding indicating the office which has assayed a piece of Jewellery. Baguette Cut: A gemstone which has been cut and set into a

Awards

Every year Benchpeg holds the Benchpeg Awards. This year, we are extremely excited to announce that we are partnering with the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office London and the annual 'Make Your Mark' event to deliver the awards. As part of our ten year anniversary celebrations, the Benchpeg Awards have changed for 2016 and are now open to entry by all current students , recent graduates and new businesses . Previous awards reception at City Lit The Aim of the Benchpeg Awards The Benchpeg Awards have always been aimed at helping students and fledgling businesses, or those emerging to create a

Apprentice / Trainee Jeweller, Angelic Diamonds - Cramlington, Northumberland

The Role Apprentice / Trainee Jeweller Angelic Diamonds Cramlington, Newcastle Upon Tyne We have a new vacancy for an apprentice/trainee Jeweller to join our team. Any successful applicant must be willing to work in a fast-paced environment and be able to think dynamically for themselves. Dedication and a passion to work within the jewellery industry is essential. No experience in a commercial workshop is required but some form of bench experience would be beneficial. Full training will be provided onsite. Our workshop contains all the latest technology and equipment including 3D printers, laser welder, full casting facility, and Gravermax air systems.

Winners Announced for The Beyoncé Knowles-Carter x Lorraine Schwartz GIA Scholarship

Inspiration is a driving force in all of our lives, and it was the deciding factor in the difficult decision to select just two recipients for the Beyoncé Knowles-Carter x Lorraine Schwartz GIA Scholarship for full tuition to earn GIA’s Graduate Gemologist diploma through distance education. Inspiration is a driving force in all of our lives, and it was the deciding factor in the difficult decision to select just two recipients for the Beyoncé Knowles-Carter x Lorraine Schwartz GIA Scholarship for full tuition to earn GIA’s Graduate Gemologist diploma through distance education. This scholarship, gifted by world renowned jewelry designer

Grown-up Glitter for AW18

Your September diary may not be booked full of evening soirees full of schmoozing and boozing, but don't let that stop you from working some serious sparkle into your jewellery game this season! Statement looks guarenteed to cause a few head turns are all a-rage this September so why not up your accessories game with some red-carpet worthy sparkle and upgrade low-key day-to-night attire with a touch of razzle dazzle! Dip into a shower of dazzling showstoppers with  décolletage  grazers dripping in crystal motifs, neckline grabbers encrusted in multi-coloured sparklers and lollipop rings dusted in light-catching rocks! From subtle flashes

Made London The Design and Craft Fair 2018

Call For Entries: Made London The Design and Craft Fair Applications are now open for MADE LONDON - The Design and Craft Fair to be held at beautiful One Marylebone from 18 - 21 October 2018. We welcome applications from across all applied arts: ceramics, jewellery, furniture, leather, glass, textiles, silverware, mixed media and anything else we don't know about from individuals, groups, galleries and shops. To Apply Full information - prices, stand sizes, how to apply and what we need from you - can be found here: madelondon-marylebone.co.uk/application Please read this in full, before applying here: madelondon-marylebone.co.uk Dates 18

Acts of Resistance by Marianne Forrest

Acts of Resistance by Marianne Forrest The Vittoria Street Gallery is delighted to host Acts of Resistance a solo exhibition by Marianne Forrest, watchmaker and creator of sculptural timepieces for urban spaces. As the seasons changes and the clocks turn back for the autumn equinox this timely exhibition showcases Marianne’s lifelong obsession with time. During her career as a master silversmith she has not only made machines and timepieces to tell the time but has also examined the idea of time through processes used in drawing and making. Timepieces on display will include watches that wear away with time, pocket

Jeweller in Residence, Vanilla Ink Jewellery School

Jeweller in Residence, Vanilla Ink Jewellery School November 2019 - November 2020 Glasgow, Scotland Vanilla Ink Jewellery School are looking for their next Jeweller in Residence to work with them for the next year, where the resident will get a mentor, skills training, workshop & teaching experience a package worth over £2,500. Please see the website for full details. Application Deadline 10am Monday 21st October. Residency begins November 2019  vanillainkstudios.co.uk

Public Art Commission for Abbotswood, Romsey

Public Art Commission for Abbotswood, Romsey Test Valley Borough Council wish to commission an interactive public art trail for the new community development of Abbotswood in Romsey.  The art trail will enable residents of Abbotswood and Romsey to explore and enjoy their surroundings. It will uncover their own creativity and provide ideas and activities for the community to continually engage with it throughout the seasons. The trail should be innovative in design and be sympathetic to the environment surrounding Abbotswood which includes the Abbotswood Area for Nature Conservation and Fishlake Meadows wetlands. The full details of the commission and schedule

Multiple Public Art Commission Opportunities

Multiple Public Art Commission Opportunities Public Art Commission for Picket Piece, Andover Test Valley Borough Council wish to commission an artist to work alongside the community to determine and create a bespoke artwork for the new development of Picket Piece in Andover. The artwork will represent the results of community workshops lead by the artist and be sited in a place on the development where everyone can enjoy. The full details of the commission and schedule can be found in the artist brief document and a link to this can be found to the right of this page. Commission fee: 

Community Engagement Opportunity

Community Engagement Opportunity,  Riverside Park, Andover, Test Valley Borough Council Test Valley Borough Council are looking for a Hampshire based arts organisation that can help us work with our residents and stakeholders in a programme of community engagement. The organisation will creatively gather views and opinions about existing artwork and ideas for two new public art commissions. We are interested to find out what this will look like and how we will deliver it. Full details are on the creative brief attached on this page. www.testvalley.gov.uk Brief: www.testvalley.gov.uk

Christmas Fair, Farnham Maltings – Surrey

The Farnham Maltings annual Christmas Fair is full of festive charm, featuring a bustling marketplace with over 150 stands specializing in handmade gifts, unique stocking fillers, crafts, vintage, food and drink. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday 30th November & Thursday 1st December 2016. For more information please contact Caroline Pearce, Craft Co-ordinator: caroline.pearce@farnhammaltings.com Dates: Wednesday 30th & Thursday 1st December 2016 Venue: Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey. GU9 7QR craft.farnhammaltings.com

West Dean College Assists in Microgapping

As Alison Baxter, Head of School of Art at West Dean College commented: “We are aware how popular Microgapping has become and our courses are the perfect way to begin to learn a new skill in a short time. The courses at West Dean are a great opportunity to spend a day, or longer, if time allows to get into the flow of a new creative experience, and who knows it could be the start of a new hobby, or even a new career!” For those who would like to learn a new creative hands-on skill in a short period

Jewellery runs Adagio

Adagio is an artistic project about time writes Ilaria Ruggiero in her exhibition review. As photography teaches us, an image is the pure settling for rhythm, the sense of time descending into vision. This is a delicate project that deals with light and movement through the diverse artistic forms of photography and jewellery. A minimalist and conceptual work that is reflected in the dual aesthetic soul of the image and the jewel: both evanescent yet present, stylized and essential. Letizia Maggio's technical and artistic research evolves into a sophisticated and complex narration, which mixes materials such as cotton, silver and

Thomas Lyte commissioned to create the Laver Cup

Rod Laver, Roger Federer and John McEnroe have unveiled The Laver Cup for the first time, amid great expectation for the new competition. It will be contested to celebrate the career and exceptional achievements of Australian great Rod Laver, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis player of all time. Six of the best players from Europe will compete against six of their counterparts from the rest of the world for the new trophy in September. Three of the greats of tennis, past and present, unveiled the newest trophy in world tennis, the Laver Cup. Rod Laver,

The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph Collection

Precisely 100 years after the start of the Russian Revolution, Fabergé unveils a chronograph of revolutionary significance in the horological cosmos and pays tribute to the unfinished Constellation Egg of 1917. The constellations of the universe allow us not only to look back into the history of the stars and galaxies, but also to measure accurately the time that has elapsed as our universe, and the story of humankind on Earth, continue to unfold. The synthesis of starry constellations and their relationship with the measurement of time sets the stage on which Fabergé is delighted to present the Fabergé Visionnaire

The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph Collection

The stars, and the time they measure, have seen many stories start and end. Some stories end abruptly. Others echo down the eons. Start your chronograph. #StartYourStory. Precisely 100 years after the start of the Russian Revolution, Fabergé unveils a chronograph of revolutionary significance in the horological cosmos and pays tribute to the unfinished Constellation Egg of 1917. The constellations of the universe allow us not only to look back into the history of the stars and galaxies, but also to measure accurately the time that has elapsed as our universe, and the story of humankind on Earth, continue to

Retirement Send-Off: Gaynor Andrews, Head of School, School of Jewellery Birmingham

​ Retirement Send-Off: Gaynor Andrews, Head of School, School of Jewellery, Birmingham After 40 years at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham, their very well respected Head of School, Gaynor Andrews will be taking early retirement. She will be leaving the School at Christmas. The School will be having a send off for her on Friday 16th December from 4.30pm – 7.30pm in the atrium at the School of Jewellery (presentations / speeches around 5.30pm).   It is a busy time of year for everyone, but please join them to remember and celebrate Gaynor’s time at the School and to wish

Watches: Blancpain present Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Blancpain Ocean Commitment II

For the first time, this piece features an allblue ceramic case. For each timepiece sold in this 250-piece limited edition, an amount of 1000 Euro will be donated in support of scientific expeditions. The 250,000 Euro resulting from this will be added to Blancpain’s contributions in support of the oceans. An all-blue case Blancpain’s Research and Development department is engaged in constant innovation. Thanks to this, for the first time, the brand is proud to be able to present an entirely blue ceramic case on its newest Fifty Fathoms watch. This coloring is achieved by adding pigments during the ceramic

Secret Images of Randox Health Grand National Trophy Revealed

For the first time in the Grand National’s history a new trophy will be designed every year during the sponsorship with the global diagnostics company Randox Health. The first of the five new trophies will be unveiled at the highly anticipated Weights Evening Reception on Tuesday 14th February. For first time in race’s history, the sponsor will create a unique trophy each year Miniature versions of the trophy will also be presented to the jockey, trainer and groom Over the next two weeks, a series of teaser images will be revealed, leading to up the grand unveil at the Weights

New Makers Opportunity with Toast

New Makers - Toast Celebrating And Supporting Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship TOAST is a unique lifestyle brand, creating and curating simple, functional, beautiful clothing, homeware and editorial. We are known for our thoughtful, contemporary design and commitment to traditional textiles and craftsmanship. We believe strongly in nurturing relationships with established mills, knitters, weavers, ceramicists and artists around the world. The TOAST New Makers programme will support and mentor five emerging makers. We will offer production, design, business and marketing advice, as well as a digital and a physical platform to sell their pieces with full profits being returned to them.

Secretary and Trustees, Heritage Crafts Association

Call for Applications: Secretary and Trustees, Heritage Crafts Association The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) is the only UK-wide organisation set up to safeguard and promote the full breadth of traditional craft skills. We are looking for a Secretary and additional Trustees to join our passionate Board. The successful candidates will be: EITHER Professional craftspeople engaged with the issues affecting their craft and heritage crafts in general. AND/OR Those who support our remit and have professional experience specifically in: Public relations and media Membership schemes Digital marketing Organisational change Charity governance Previous experience of being a Trustee is not compulsory. Trustees

Pirelli Park Public Art Commission

Public Art Commission: Pirelli Park Public Art Commission Eastleigh Borough Council is inviting tenders from artists and creative design practitioners to develop and deliver an exciting, imaginative and site-specific bespoke play environment for the local community. Tenders are welcomed across the creative disciplines, and collaborative approaches between design practitioners and appropriate delivery partners of their choosing will be welcome. Full details can be found on the South East Business portal  and on the South East Contemporary Visual Arts Network website .  Estimated value: £200,000.00 Image: Pirelli Arch, courtesy Eastleigh Borough Council.

A touch of modern romance

When you think of heart-shaped accessories, what springs to mind? For many, thoughts would fly to the heart-shaped chocolate boxes, teddy bears holding heart-shaped cushions and delicate heart pendants that come out in full force around the annual Valentine's Day holiday tradition.  Whilst some may adore these heart-shaped accessories, others have found them to be too sickly and girlish. Whatever your personal opinion of this symbolic shape, the heart has been an iconic motif used throughout period antiques for many centuries.  First created as a symbol of enduring love and romance, the heart shape was first reported at the end

International Jewellery London: Inspire Seminar Programme

International Jewellery London: Inspire Seminar Programme 1 - 3 September 2019 Olympia, Kensington  From catwalk theatre to retail theatre, and everything there is to know about fine jewellery, International Jewellery London (IJL), the global meeting place for the jewellery industry, has today announced the full IJL Inspire seminar programme. Leaders from the international jewellery trade will take to the stage to discuss key trends that are shaping the international jewellery and watch industry today, while offering invaluable networking opportunities to jewellery retailers and suppliers from around the world. The IJL Inspire highlights include: SS20 Trends with The Futurist Paola de

Corrinne Eira Evans Opens new gallery shop

Award winning jeweller Corrinne Eira Evans and her talented painter partner, Olly Oliver, have opened up a handmade lifestyle gallery shop in the up and coming Victorian Arcade in Okehampton, Devon.  The historic building has become a hive of indie activity in recent months, with other small businesses opening up there.  On entering Moon & Moor you are meet with the soft aroma of handmade soaps, a homely room full of indoor plants, cacti, objects of curiosity, and a wealth of handmade pieces and original art adorning the walls. The pair are also passionate about skill-sharing. As well as a

Masterpiece 2019

Masterpiece 2019 Masterpiece London returns to the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea from 27 June – 3 July, offering the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery, from antiquity to the present day. The Fair provides an unparalleled opportunity for new and established collectors to discover exceptional works for sale from 160 international exhibitors; the centrepiece of a unique week of cultural experiences in the heart of London. Venue Royal Hospital Chelsea, London Dates 27 June – 3 July 2019 Tickets General Admission - £38.50 Full Access - £55 Preview - £115 Student - £18 Disabled Visitor

Craft Festival, Cheltenham 2019

Call for Applicaitons: Craft Festival, Cheltenham 2019 (formerly Made by Hand, Cheltenham)  20 - 22 March 2020 Cheltenham Town Hall,  Cheltenham The Craft Festival Cheltenham (formerly Made by Hand, Cheltenham) applications open in June. All exhibitors are selected for quality by a panel of industry professionals. Full details about sizes and prices are on the individual application forms.  There is a non-refundable administration fee of £15 to apply. Stand sharing is not permitted.  Start Up is a dedicated area for makers who have been in business for 2 years or less. Our aim is to support fledgling careers and to encourage and

New York City Jewelry Week: Inclusion and diversity

The week of New York City Jewelry Week was characterized by a flurry of events, exhibitions, symposia, workshops, demonstrations and talks... which marked the days with a fitting rhythm, covering topics and presenting very different types of jewelry writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Together with important partners such as Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), suggestive venues and prestigious interventions, there has been talks of jewelry touching various themes:  starting from sustainability with a symposium called  Full Circle: A Responsible Jewelry Cycle , which was a one day crash course on the sustainability challenges that face the

Digital Craft Festival 2020

Digital Craft Festival 2020 27th - 29th November 2020 Online 3 Day event, online. 150 of the finest maker are busy making new work to present to you over the weekend of November 27-29th at Digital Craft Festival. The programme will be announced next week where we reveal the full collection and all the activities to immerse yourself in craft and making.  You can follow our progress over on  Facebook  and  Instagram . Here is a preview of some of our makers from Digital Craft Festival  www.craftfestival.co.uk

Craft & Design Fair, Wellington College, Crowthorne

Craft & Design Fair 25 - 27 October 2019 Wellington College, Crowthorne The Craft in Focus Berkshire craft fair is held at Wellington College. Set in around 400 acres, this is one of the oldest independent schools in the country and provides the perfect backdrop for a show of this calibre. This is an indoor event with ample free parking and full disabled access (disabled and elderly parking is via the entrance through the business park). As well as a varied selection of craftmakers there are also exhibitors selling food products including condiments, spices, oils, chocolates, Christmas puddings and cakes,

AA2A Project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) 2020

AA2A Digital This year, in response to the current environment, AA2A are launching 'AA2A Digital', a fully digital version of the AA2A scheme. The package includes a programme of artist seminars, professional web profiles for students, a series of self-employment talk videos and tailored information pack, all designed to support students to help them develop a career as a creative practitioner. As last years' placements were cut short, AA2A will not be recruiting new artists in 2020.   Full student employability support package - £1,400 Watch our 4 minute video   Self-employment support Self-employment presentations  - 3 x 40 min videos

Farnham Crafts Month

Farnham Craft Month 1 - 31 October 2019 Farnahm, Surrey Craft Month Full of Hidden Treasure Makers and craft organisations across Farnham - which was designated as England’s Craft Town in 2013 - are getting set for a month of craft festivities. Each October, Farnham hosts a celebration of craft with hundreds of opportunities to get involved with events featuring countless makers, pieces, organisations and venues, throughout the town. This is your chance to see makers in action; take a craft walk; get making and buy work from local designer makers. Farnham Craft Month celebrations have been growing steadily each

The most spectacular pieces from Paris Haute Couture week

The most important week in fine jewellery is Paris Haute Couture week, where - at the beginning of July - all of the biggest jewellery maisons showcase their latest collections. In this article, we’ll show you some of the most spectacular designs from Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Chaumet and Louis Vuitton writes Jodie Smith.   Cartier’s ‘Magnitude’ collection is full of briolettes, angular motifs, amd appendages emulating rays of light and explosions of colour.   In this line, the brand has chosen to play with the contrast between a host of different types of materials; gems, minerals and precious stones.  

All Pandora jewellery to be made from recycled silver and gold

Full shift from mined to recycled silver and gold will reduce CO 2  and be better for the environment. Pandora, the world’s largest jewellery brand, thie week announced it will entirely stop using newly mined silver and gold in its jewellery by 2025 and only buy from recycled sources. This will cut carbon emissions by two thirds for silver and by more than 99% for gold. “Silver and gold are beautiful jewellery materials that can be recycled forever without losing their quality. Metals mined centuries ago are just as good as new. They will never tarnish or decay. We wish to help

Jeweller Stephen Saliba tells Benchpeg what its like in Italy during Covid-19

Jeweller Stephen Saliba has been a resident in Bristol for over 40 years. In the last year he took the plunge and re-located to Italy. He tells Benchpeg what its been like to relocate and set up a business during a pandemic. With over ten years of teaching experience, Stephen decided to set up a workshop and school of jewellery ‘Art Lab Todi’ in the historic town of Todi in Umbria. The school and workshop are located on the ground floor of a palace, within a town full of architectural gems and history. The Jewellery School is set up with

Call for Applications: JeDeCo Membership

Call for Applications: Membership, JeDeCo OXO Tower, Southbank, London JeDeCo (Jewellery Designers Collective) is a working collective of independent jewellery designers trading individually through both this website and in our shared gallery under a common sales policy.  We grouped together to support each other in building successful jewellery businesses that would make Britain proud. We are developing a name for ourselves in the way that we share and do things. We believe that working independently and within a group environment brings out the best in all of us.  We now have opportunities to join in two different membership formats: Category Full

Start Ups in London Libraries

Start-ups in London Libraries The British Library’s Business & IP Centre offers free support for start-up businesses through its Start-ups in London Libraries programme, which is now fully available online. Join the full and half-day workshops to cover all the fundamentals of starting a business, and book for a virtual one-to-one for bespoke support designed to get your start-up journey off to the best start. Our  Start-ups in London Libraries workshops  are now available as webinars which are accessible remotely, wherever you are. Check out our schedule and register your place on one of online workshops at our  Eventbrite page

The Guild of Enamellers Bursary Award 2020

Call For Applications: The Guild of Enamellers Bursary Award 2020 Applications are invited for The Guild of Enamellers Bursary Award (2020).  This prestigious award, which is now attracting record numbers of applicants, has a generous prize fund and is a wonderful opportunity for new enamellers to showcase their enamelling skills. Deadline for applications is 31st  July 2019.  All applications are made digitally through the Guild of Enamellers’ website, where full details, and terms and conditions are available. www.guildofenamellers.org Due to the generosity of our sponsors, the Award winner will have a free place at the Guild of Enamellers Conference in

News Edit: 6 October 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Best Birthstone Jewelry for October Birthdays Town and Country: Opal and tourmaline give October birthstones a full rainbow of colors to choose from. townandcountrymag.com Our fashion team has fallen for Fearne Cotton’s gorgeous jewellery collaboration with notonthehighstreet Woman and Home: Fearne Cotton, presenter, designer and founder of the Happy Place Festival and podcast has collaborated with notonthehighstreet partner, Carrie Elizabeth, to create the most stunning jewellery collection. womanandhome.com Under the loupe: our latest watch and jewellery finds wallpaper.com Why vintage-style bombé rings are making a glamorous statement once again

‘De Vroomen Harmony in Colour and Form’ Book

Dutch Master Craftsman and goldsmith Leo de Vroomen has released a book, full of illustrations, which celebrates 50 years of his creative partnership with his artist / designer wife Ginnie. Their bold and colourful jewellery is lavishly illustrated, in combination with Ginnie's vivid paintings. The book also acts as an accompanying tome to the retrospective exhibition of their work recently held at Goldsmiths’ Hall. The book is available at a cost of £50 plus postage & packing Publisher: Leo and Ginnie de Vroomen Page size: landscape 280 X 230 mm Pagination: 224 hardback ISBN 978-1-5272-0650-2 P & P: UK £5.00,

Are you a UK Jewellery Student or Apprentice? Read This!

At Benchpeg, we love encouraging and nourishing future creative talent by inspiring you with unique stories, promoting new designers and signposting you to other great resources for those new to the industry. We're excited to let you know about a new membership programme, launched by the Goldsmiths' Centre, for Students and Apprentices registered on UK precious metal courses (sign-up link below). The initiative delivers full access to the Goldsmiths' Centre back-catalogue of Creative Links talks, technical articles and industry-specific resources created by specialist craftspeople for those in the goldsmithing industry.  From personal experience, you only tend to realise just how

Garden Shed Jewellery Workshop Space to Rent in Hackney

Garden Shed Jewellery Workshop Space to Rent in Hackney Sole use of a garden summer house in Homerton, Hackney.  Lots of windows and natural daylight, sounds of birds, overlooking many flowers and mini vegetable garden. Use of entire space - desk, jewellery bench and tools. Welcome to bring your own extra equipment/ tools and to store them. Available to rent two days a week. Days flexible and negotiable. £50 a week all inclusive. Tea/ coffee facilities provided in the shed.  Electric heater and fan provided.  Full use of kitchen, wc and garden. Bike security indoors. Cost: £50 a week all inclusive (Two days

Hatton Garden's London Jewellery School Celebrates its Tenth Year

Since opening its doors in 2009, London Jewellery School has been host to an estimated 37,283 students. Founded by jewellery entrepreneur, Jessica Rose, the school was designed to make the art of jewellery-making accessible to everyone.  From such humble beginnings, the school has since grown in strength and size, offering courses 7 days a week in a full range of topics including traditional silver work, stone setting, wax carving, and modern techniques like resin, perspex, and business practices for jewellers - and all in the very apt setting of London’s jewellery hub, Hatton Garden. ‘I am delighted and grateful that

Royal Mint Opportunity

Call for Applications: Royal Mint Folio Design Team Who we are We are the sole manufacturer of UK coinage and export to an average of 60 other countries. We are wholly owned by Her Majesty’s Treasury. The challenge To translate significant points in history and culture onto the smallest of canvases. The opportunity To be part of a select portfolio of freelance artists providing designs for coins and medals. How does it work? Our external artists are offered opportunities to enter paid competitions based on their suitability to the theme. We provide full support throughout the design process. How to

The Benevolent Society bestow 50 goodwill hampers to beneficiaries

The Benevolent Society were delighted to identify up to 50 of their hardest up and longest standing beneficiaries and to send to each of them this week a beautiful hamper full of goodies as a timely reminder that they have not been forgotten. The Society issued a statement which said: "With all of the talk of worldwide pandemic, economic disaster, job losses, the NHS being overwhelmed, it is important that we do not forget those that have gone before us and contributed so much to making our great industries what they are today." Simon Dawe the BenSoc Chairman said: “It

BCTF 2020

Call for Applicaitons: BCTF 2020 The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) has revealed a major new development for the 2020 event, which will be opened to the public for one day before the full retail trade show gets underway. Show organiser, Margeret Bunn, announced the changes on the first day of BCTF 2019, which opened on Sunday April 7 at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate. She commented: “In its 45-year history BCTF has been open solely to trade buyers, but next year we will open the doors for one day to the public, allowing consumers to buy directly from

BTEC certificated Art & Design courses in Jewellery with K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

BTEC certificated Art & Design courses in Jewellery with K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery is proud to announce that we now deliver BTEC certificated Art & Design courses in Jewellery. From September 2018 onwards we are offering three different certificated Jewellery courses, which run over a full year: BTEC Extended Certificate in Art & Design Beginners or Intermediate 1 Day a week - Mondays or Wednesdays BTEC Foundation in Art & Design Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced 2 Days a week - Mondays and Wednesdays BTEC Diploma in Art & Design Intermediate and Advanced 3 Days

Appointment: Monika Kamycka Appointed as Chair Of British Society of Enamellers

Jewellery designer and Mona Pink founder, Monika Kamycka, has been appointed as Chair of The British Society of Enamellers’ at the trade organisation’s Annual General Meeting, by unanimous vote following her successful year as Vice-Chair. Under Monika’s leadership the trade organisation has realised a number of notable achievements including an innovative and successful online exhibition, a full review of membership benefits, evaluation of website and social media platforms with renewed focus on member and follower engagement, improvements in terms and conditions – both online and offline, digitisation of the organisation’s finances, membership database review (with a view to digitise fully

Orkney Jewellery Designer Re-Creates Rare Pictish Necklace

A young Orkney jewellery designer has re-created a rare, 1,400-year-old Pictish necklace, the original of which is kept within the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Zoe Davidson crafted her 1kg solid silver version of the famous Whitecleugh Chain, discovered in Lanarkshire in 1869, after a personal commission from Orkney archaeology tour guide, Caz Mamwell. The original chain, thought to date from between 400 and 800AD, is comprised of 44 silver rings, interlinked into 22 pairs. “The Whitecleugh Chain is full of mystery as nobody really knows who wore it, when they wore it, or how they even made it,”

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair 1 April 2019 Glasgow The collaborative partnership of four of the UK’s leading ethically sourced gemstone suppliers, Stuart Pool (Nineteen48), Kathy Chappell (Fair Trade Gemstones), Ian Bone (Capricorn Gems) and Maira Toledo Rodrigues (Gemstones Brazil), will be offering their gemstones with full provenance of ethical sourcing to trade customers and jewellery/design students at three gem fairs in March and April. These suppliers have developed the business connections to ensure that their gems have been sourced and processed throughout the chain from mine to market to satisfy the stringent ethical requirements now being rightly sought.  “The word

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair 2 April 2019 Edinburgh The collaborative partnership of four of the UK’s leading ethically sourced gemstone suppliers, Stuart Pool (Nineteen48), Kathy Chappell (Fair Trade Gemstones), Ian Bone (Capricorn Gems) and Maira Toledo Rodrigues (Gemstones Brazil), will be offering their gemstones with full provenance of ethical sourcing to trade customers and jewellery/design students at three gem fairs in March and April. These suppliers have developed the business connections to ensure that their gems have been sourced and processed throughout the chain from mine to market to satisfy the stringent ethical requirements now being rightly sought.  “The word

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair 28 - 29 March 2019 London The collaborative partnership of four of the UK’s leading ethically sourced gemstone suppliers, Stuart Pool (Nineteen48), Kathy Chappell (Fair Trade Gemstones), Ian Bone (Capricorn Gems) and Maira Toledo Rodrigues (Gemstones Brazil), will be offering their gemstones with full provenance of ethical sourcing to trade customers and jewellery/design students at three gem fairs in March and April. These suppliers have developed the business connections to ensure that their gems have been sourced and processed throughout the chain from mine to market to satisfy the stringent ethical requirements now being rightly sought. 

From 'Born this Way' to 'Born to Dare' Lady Gaga is the Face of New Campaign for Tudor Watches

Lady Gaga is a global, leading fashion icon, mindful of everything she wears. She has turned celebrity into a comprehensive art form. She knows full well that an outfit is a powerful message, an art performance. Every accessory is a way to shape her image, a means to an end. That's why when she chooses to represent a brand, we sit up and take notice.  Created by the founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf, the Tudor Watch Company was born with a mission to explore new territories, offering “a watch that (his) agents could sell at a more modest price than (his) [youtube

Playing with Pantone Colour of the Year: Living Coral

It's no new secret that this year's Pantone Colour of 2019 is full of warmth, nourishment and delicately captivating.​ Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral emits the gorgeously natural and energising found in nature and it seems that jewellery designers alike have been swayed by its mesmerising charm. Coral blushed pieces have been spotted amongst the Spring/Summer collections giving a nod towards the playful and expressive elements of nature. Laced into designs of under the seas inspired pieces, taking centre stage as a colourful juxtaposition to sleek metal fastenings and a beautiful compliment to the warm of rose gold, coral is the colour

All About That Pink

The jewellery world is taking an effortlessly chic and charmingly stylish hint towards sugar-coated tones of feminity. So what is this colour that's sweeping across new season collections? Think Pink! Trend setters all over have embraced this romantic trend with all things feminine and fun and full of whimsical charm. From pretty sherbert pinks, rich raspberry, pale rose hints to delicious candy floss hues, designers have had fun combining exquisite craftmanship with playful colour spectrum combinations and design. The dainty and delicate array of pinks currently on trend delight when paired with the vintage feel of rose-gold, lending a ladylike

Knowle West Media Centre Artists Commission

Artists Commission: Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol Call for Artists, Makers and Designers - mobile “Future Home” stucture for Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol. Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) is seeking to commission an artist, maker or designer to create an engaging mobile structure where people can experience the home of the future. The Future Home will: navigate the streets of Bristol, popping up at community events and festivals pique people’s curiosity and delight the senses inform and inspire people about emerging tech and eco, from solar panels to smart appliances Artists Brief For full brief and more information on how

British Craft Pavilion 2019

Call for Applications: British Craft Pavilion  Old Truman Brewery, London 19 – 22 September 2019 International Craft Pavilion Applications The British Craft Pavilion has for the last 3 years been an exquisite gallery space dedicated to craft at the London Design Fair. In 2019 the pavilion will open its doors to global makers, becoming the International Craft Pavilion. The focus will be on functional and contemporary craft from around the world, and from across the full spectrum of craft disciplines, inviting both individual makers and organisations such as international crafts councils to represent their nations craft. Both Individual designers/brands and international crafts organisations are invited to apply to

MADE BRIGHTON at St Bartholomew’s

MADE BRIGHTON at St Bartholomew’s A Contemporary Craft and Design Christmas Shopping Fair Whilst still showing the best makers in the country, the MADE BRIGHTON - St Bartholomew’s fair will be a down to earth ‘Village Hall’ one day, table-top selling event. Using the main body of this stunning church to show the handmade work of sixty makers; jewellery, knitwear, ceramics, wood, print, silversmithing, textiles, clothes, toys and more, with a full range of prices to ensure there is something for everyone. St Bartholomew’s Church is just a 5-minute walk from Brighton Station. The church is a stunning late Victorian

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants 2018

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants Grants of £2,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. In order to fund as many applications as we possibly can, given our limited budget, we typically award £3,000 to successful Small Grant applications. Our funding rarely covers an application’s budget in full, but is meant to be a “contribution” to the proposed project. What kind of project is eligible? Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and

Appointment: London Diamond Bourse Appoint New Board Members

London Diamond Bourse, the only diamond specific trade association and physical diamond trading floor in the UK, has today announced changes to the composition of its Council of Management. “These are the most fundamental changes to LDB’s governance in my six years at LDB,” said COO, Victoria McKay. She continued, “The following changes are notable; Kathy Chappell, our Special Advisor for Ethical Issues has been welcomed to a full board position and our youngest board member is a millennial. Overall the average age of our board has lowered dramatically and representation around the boardroom table is proportionate to membership statistics."

Start Up Loans of up to £25,000

Start Up Loans of up to £25,000 With Centa Business Services Do you have a business idea, but need funding and support to get it off the ground? Centa can help you kick-start your business, with access of up to £25,000 low-cost loan through the Start Up Loans scheme. How do I apply? Please  click here  and complete the form. Once submitted, providing you are eligible, one of the Centa team will send you the full application form and details of the next steps. In addition we require a copy of some documentation prior to awarding the loan, a list

#SheDressedMe campaign takes off ahead of UK Jewellery Awards

Guests at the UK Jewellery Awards will get the full paparazzi treatment next week after more than 20 designers signed up for the #SheDressedMe campaign and offered their jewels to ticket holders wanting to 'borrow' a bit of extra dazzle. The #SheDressedMe campaign, launched recently by the Women’s Jewellery Network (WJN),  has attracted the support of a wide range of female jewellers, all prepared to loan out pieces to be worn on the red carpet to gain industry and general media exposure. They include Rachel Galley; Roseanna Croft; Judith Peterhoff Jewellery; Michelle Tuck Jewellery; Shen London; Mona Pink; Domino; Gecko;

Miss World China crowned with Fei Liu's glorious £11 million masterpiece

Fei Liu's magnificent Blue of Dreams tiara, worth £11 million and featuring a stunning 88 carat sapphire, was placed ceremoniously on the head of Chinese beauty queen Guan Siyu last week when she won the Miss World China 2017 pageant in Dalian, China. The Fei Liu Fine Jewellery founder collaborated with the New Silkroutes Group Ltd to create his amazing  masterpiece and took a full 9 months to complete it - in a painstaking process of design and intricate craftsmanship. Look closely and you will see the majestic 88ct Sri Lanka blue sapphire set in platinum, six high-grade over sapphires,

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2019

Call for Applications: Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair - Sheffield & Manchester GNCCF Manchester 10 - 13 October 2019 GNCCF Sheffield 12 - 14 July 2019 Applications are invited from artists and designer-makers working in jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass, wood, metal, fashion, print-making, lighting and more. How to Apply You need to complete the application form in full to be considered for GNCCF Sheffield taking place 12-14 July at the Millennium Gallery and/or GNCCF Manchester taking place 10-13 October 2019 at Upper Campfield Market Please consult the stand package costs & application guidelines here to help you complete this form.

Modern Metallics

As the temperatures plummet, seasons transition and the sale of pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere to be seen, it can only mean one thing for the fashion-minded: new season jewellery is out in full swing. A signature style of elegance and grace, metallic metal pieces are a favourite for Autumn/Winter 2017 wardrobes and the perfect way of injecting a touch of glitz and magnetic wearability. The slinky finish of modern metallic adornments offer lightweight aesthetics that will cast a flattering glow to any skin tone hue. Arrive in style at any winter dinner soiree shining in subtle, eye-catching beauty; the

Exhibitors named for Dumfries and Galloway’s 16th Spring Fling

Spring Fling, Scotland’s premier open studios event, has unveiled the rich mix of artists and makers selected to take part in 2018. The 16th annual event takes place across Dumfries and Galloway from 26 to 28 May and will include a dozen new participants and many popular and familiar exhibitors. Spring Fling, Scotland’s premier open studios event, has unveiled the rich mix of artists and makers selected to take part in 2018. The 16 annual event takes place across Dumfries and Galloway from 26 to 28 May and will include a dozen new participants (see full list below) and many popular

Fringe with Benefits

As the sun slowly begins to grace us with glorious but brief glimpses of pimms-soaked summer days, the month of hay fever and allergies strike in full force. We've been bitten by the bug that's been making its rounds round the fashion houses and we're in dangerous territory of causing a major fringe movement on a global scale. Welcome to the new S/S 2018 trend of flamboyant fringing!  Throwing it back to the glory days of flapper finesse, modern-day fine jewellery has transformed itself from low-key minimalism to XL swinging tassels of personality and style.   With collections bursting with

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair

Ethically Sourced Gemstone Fair A collaborative partnership between three of the UK’s leading ethically sourced gemstone suppliers, Stuart Pool of Nineteen48, Kathy Chappell of Fair Trade Gemstones and Ian Bone of Capricorn Gems- Queensland, Australia has led to an inaugural one-day fair for the UK market. This unique fair will see gemstones available that offer full provenance and ethical sourcing. Jewellery designers will be able to view and purchase, with the complete assurance of responsible mining and production. Details on the location of each gemstone will be available to every customer. The gemstones available will include a wide range of

Bright Young Gems 2018 revealed

Four new stars of the future nominated as the Bright Young Gems for 2018 were unveiled by International Jewellery London with Katharina Kraus, Zeemou Zeng, Daisy Grice and Yayun Fang all earning a place in the prized young designer line up. All four were selected from final year students and students from UK colleges and universities who have graduated in the past two years and now get the opportunity to use the ILJ in September to fast track their careers, with full support from the experienced judges and mentors and a guarantee of exposure and profile. The panel of judges

Membership Secretary for Society of Jewellery Historians

Wanted: Membership Secretary for Society of Jewellery Historians (SJH) With the imminent retirement of the Membership Secretary after four years of valued service SJH are seeking expressions of interest for this role. The position of Membership Secretary involves keeping up-to-date records of the membership and dealing with subscriptions, both for new members and renewals. The Secretary is also responsible for providing a current list of members to the printers of Jewellery History Today three times a year, occasional emailings to the full membership list, and ad hoc sales of past copies of JHT and Jewellery Studies.  The Membership Secretary is

News Edit: 22 April 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... MVRDV takes you inside a bejewelled bulgari bracelet with immersive installation at milan design week DesignBoom: MVRDV collaborates with bulgari to create an installation based on three defining elements of design. www.designboom.com Doing the bright thing in our terraced family home The Guardian: Light, airy and full of colour, French jeweller Raphaele Canot’s London house is a treasure trove of precious memories www.theguardian.com The inside story of Antiques Roadshow’s £1 million find Radio Times: A small regimental emblem causes a storm on this week’s Antiques Roadshow, one of the most valuable

CARAT+ 2018

CARAT+, The World’s Premier Diamond Event Covering the full spectrum of the diamond and diamond jewellery trades, CARAT+ features four main sectors: loose diamonds, branded diamond jewellery, non-branded diamond jewellery and services for the diamond and diamond jewellery industry.  This year, due to popular demand, there is also a Coloured Gemstones sector. Taking place in Hall 1 and Hall 4 of the Antwerp Expo, entry to the show is restricted exclusively to industry professionals, including diamond and jewellery wholesalers and manufacturers from around the world, and jewellery retailers from across Europe and the wider world.  Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC)

JeDeCo Associate Membership

Call for Applications - JeDeCo Associate Membership JeDeCo is a working collective of jewellery designers and makers from a variety of backgrounds. We have professional expertise in sales, communications / marketing / PR, business admin, accounts and of course jewellery design, making, pricing, wholesaling, and retailing. Our gallery at the OXO Tower on London’s Southbank is entirely run by its full members.  We’ve had a great 5 years and are now looking to add new talent to our group. We currently have ongoing vacancies for designers to join us as associate members. About Associate Membership Associate Membership suits those designers unable to

The Handmade Fair 2017

The Handmade Fair is brought to you by Kirstie Allsopp and is all about appreciating the beauty of handmade, and learning the skills to become a maker yourself. Whether your day at the Fair teaches you how to make something yourself, upcycle a piece you already own, or if you buy it from an expert, it’s here to help everyone to make their life a little more beautiful. The Shopping Villages are full to the brim with handmade products of the highest quality, brought to you by our hand-picked and incredibly talented makers, along with an enviable range of tools

Women’s Jewellery Network to Launch at IJL

Women’s Jewellery Network to Launch at IJL The Women’s Jewellery Network (WJN), a new organisation designed to connect, grow and inspire women in the industry, will make its debut at International Jewellery London (IJL) in September. The WJN aims to create a UK-wide network of women working across all sectors of the UK jewellery and watch trades, providing career advice and business networking opportunities. It will launch as a membership platform with access to online support and resources, strengthened with seasonal meet-ups and events to connect women with their peers in the trade. While the full concept will be unveiled

BFC Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2017 Shortlist Announced

In 2017 the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund will adjust its format to focus on bringing key expertise into designer businesses to assist with development and growth In recognition of the increasing pool of deserving talent the £200,000 grant will be shared between up to three recipients, which will enable the fund to benefit multiple designers at a pivotal stage in the growth of their brand’s development. Winners will continue to receive a full mentoring programme through the BFC’s Business Support team, including access to funders and industry experts. The nominated designers are selected by the Fund Judging Committee and have

Salisbury Contemporary Craft 2017

Salisbury Contemporary Craft is the new-look event for Salisbury based in the magnificent setting of the medieval cloisters and Cathedral, an iconic environment recognised throughout the world. This is a chance to explore and buy exquisite and beautifully hand-crafted pieces from some of our nation’s best contemporary craft makers and designers. Come and browse a range of high quality items made by skilled jewellers, potters, textile artists and more. Buy that special gift for someone special or perhaps even treat yourself. And take part in some workshops run by expert craft makers and artists in a full programme of participation

Open Studios, FLUX - Vanguard Court, London SE5

The annual Vanguard Court Winter Exhibition opens this week. At Flux we have mulled wine and good cheer to share in our inspiring setting as we transform the studio into a sensational jewellery gallery. Vicky Forrester will be showing new work alongside fellow studio jewellers at Flux. This is also an exciting opportunity to see the works of 35 artists and makers at Vanguard Court: see Jewellery and Silverware, Ceramics, Textiles and Printed Accessories, Sculpture, Painting and Architecture by South London's creatives. Collect stamps along the treasure trail for your chance to win a box full of handmade goodies. Dates:

Solo Craft Fair, South London

Call for Applications: Solo Craft Fair Solo Craft Fair will be returning to Prince of Wales in Brixton on Sunday 24th September, transforming two floors in to a craft festival full of stalls, workshops, live music, DJ's, kids play area and more! We are looking for high quality independent traders to hire a stall at this event. Stalls Available Club Room Table (4x2ft) £45 Club Room Pitch Only (no tabe) £45 Lower Roof Terrace Table (4x2ft) £40 Lower Roof Terrace Pitch Only (no table) £40 To Apply If you would be interested in trading at this event then please fill

Textile Commission and Residency

Textile Commission and Residency Walford Mill Crafts ‘Unravelling Threads of Narrative’, Unlocking the Bankes Archive Project This residency’s aim is for a craftsperson to work with the team at Dorset History Centre, staff at Kingston Lacy in Wimborne and the team at Walford Mill Crafts to develop work in response to the Bankes Archive. 'Unlocking the Bankes Archive' the Unravelling Threads of Narrative Project' is a Textile Commission residency working from the Bankes Archive at the Dorset History Centre, Dorchester. For More Information For full details about the project please see our website at www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk or email christine@walfordmillcrafts.co.uk Details www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk

Call for Papers

Call for Papers - Journal of Jewellery Research The call for full papers is now open and the submission deadline is: June 30, 2017 The Journal of Jewellery Research (JJR)  is the first peer-reviewed online and open-access publication that focuses on the design, theory and praxis of jewellery studies. It promotes jewellery research into materials, techniques, technologies, methodologies, processes, concepts and aesthetics. The journal provides an interdisciplinary arena for the discussion and analysis of jewellery. This spans conceptual, practical, pedagogical and cultural contexts across both contemporary and historical timeframes and at the intersections between jewellery and other disciplines. We aim to

Salisbury Contemporary Craft 2017

Salisbury Contemporary Craft is the new-look event for Salisbury based in the magnificent setting of the medieval cloisters and Cathedral, an iconic environment recognised throughout the world. This is a chance to explore and buy exquisite and beautifully hand-crafted pieces from some of our nation’s best contemporary craft makers and designers. Come and browse a range of high quality items made by skilled jewellers, potters, textile artists and more. Buy that special gift for someone special or perhaps even treat yourself. And take part in some workshops run by expert craft makers and artists in a full programme of participation

London Diamond Bourse Joins Responsible Jewellery Council

London Diamond Bourse (LDB) is pleased to announce it is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). LDB is the first Bourse in the world to join the well-known standards and certification organisation. LDB’s Council of Management unanimously voted to apply to join the RJC and will now undertake an independent audit to achieve full RJC Certification.  Victoria McKay, COO commented “LDB has been committed to best business practice for over 75 years. We will now work to achieve independently audited certified status to prove that we are committed to supporting industry transparency and look forward to demonstrating LDB’s

Gemstone & Hardstone Carving for Jewellery with Charlotte De Syllas - I

Gemstone & Hardstone Carving for Jewellery with Charlotte De Syllas NOW FULL Charlotte De Syllas Short Courses 2017 Intensive 5 Day Workshop Courses 5 days intensive work to learn how to carve from cutting out through to polishing an object in hard or gemstone in well equipped studio in Norfolk. About the Short Course Classes are small and friendly, with expert individual tuition. We have saws, grinders, carving spindles and micro motors as well as burrs, files & polishing pastes so that you can go from sawing a piece of rough stone to blocking it out, carving it and polishing the

CARAT + 2017

The only international trade show dedicated solely to the diamond and diamond jewellery trade. Worth more than €75 billion terms of value, fully half of all the jewellery purchased each year is set with diamonds. There simply is no category more important in the jewellery business, and CARAT+ is the only trade show that is solely dedicated to diamonds, diamond jewellery and related services. CARAT+ covers the full spectrum of the greater diamond trade, connecting buyers to key suppliers at all levels. Exhibitors are organised in four distinct sectors: Loose diamonds Branded diamond jewellery Non-branded diamond jewellery Services for the

Diamonds Are Forever

Happy birthday month to all you April babies out there! With Spring in full swing and summer fashion trends ready to ring-a-ding-ding, the diamond dazzles as queen bee in this months gemstone spotlight! Owing to their superior robust structure, remarkable luster and beautiful crystal lattice patterns reflecting and refracting light spectrums, the diamond sparkles with a hidden beauty of intrigue and desirable finery. Diamonds are not only a notoriously ancient coveted treasure of the wealthy elite but it is highly loved many  gemmologosts  for being one of the only gemstones made entirely from one element- carbon. Owing to its isometric

The Handmade Fair 2017

The Handmade Fair is brought to you by Kirstie Allsopp and is all about appreciating the beauty of handmade, and learning the skills to become a maker yourself. Whether your day at the Fair teaches you how to make something yourself, upcycle a piece you already own, or if you buy it from an expert, it’s here to help everyone to make their life a little more beautiful. The Shopping Villages are full to the brim with handmade products of the highest quality, brought to you by our hand-picked and incredibly talented makers, along with an enviable range of tools

Daiwa Foundation Small Grants 2017

Grants of £2,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. In order to fund as many applications as we possibly can, given our limited budget, we typically award £3,000 to successful Small Grant applications. Our funding rarely covers an application’s budget in full, but is meant to be a “contribution” to the proposed project. What kind of project is eligible? Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and other projects and events

British Fashion Council Announce Designer Fashion Fund Recipients

The British Fashion Council (BFC) this week announced  Mother of Pearl  and  palmer// harding  as the winners of this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund at a champagne reception hosted at Hotel Café Royal in partnership with Perrier- Jouët . In 2017 the Fund adjusted its format with a focus on bringing key expertise into designer businesses to assist with development and growth. The £200,000 Fund was opened up to be shared between up to three recipients, enabling the fund to benefit multiple designers at a pivotal stage in the growth of their brand’s development. The winners still receive a full

Inhorgenta Munich - Messe München, Germany

Inhorgenta Munich will take place over four days from 18 to 21 February 2017. There will once again the opportunity to gather and exchange information about new products, trends and developments in the jewellery and watch industry. After extremely successful trade show days at the 2016 event, boasting 940 exhibitors from 33 countries and some 26,000 trade visitors from 75 countries, those responsible for INHORGENTA MUNICH are full of anticipation for the coming 2017 event. Messe München Messe München is one of the world’s leading trade-show companies. It organizes some 40 trade shows for capital and consumer goods and key

Introducing Lux of London: A New British Jewellery Label

A new British jewellery label creating multifunctional 3 in 1 jewellery pieces inspired by the luminosity and transient nature of the full moon. Set up by Hinna Azeem, who is the creative director at H.AZEEM London, Lux of London is all about jewellery that can transform and be worn in many different ways. Turn rings into pendants, pendants into bangles and seamlessly back again in a matter of seconds using simple mechanisms of clips, loops and slides. Just like transient nature and luminosity of the moon phases, every Lux lets the wearer change their look to suit their mood and

Call for Creative Practitioners, Redevelopment of Maindee Library, Newport

Call for Creative Practitioners, Redevelopment of Maindee Library, Newport Maindee Unlimited are inviting applications from Creative Practitioners (artists/designers/architects, as individuals, studios, partnerships or group practices) to work on a project within Maindee Library, a volunteer-run community space on the eastern side of Newport city centre. The commission is to work with the Maindee Library Working Group and other key stakeholders to identify, prioritise and develop creative/design solutions and oversee their implementation towards the renovation and improvement of the library building as a flexible and creative space for community use. For full brief and details of how to apply www.addocreative.com This

Trend Tease: Tap Into Talisman

With Summertime freedom and tropical holiday escapes teasing us in full flight it seems that it's not just our passports that are itching for some ethnic travel of wanderlust curiosity but our jewellery boxes too  !  Travelling vibes and energy across enchanting influences like Tibetan traditions, Indian legend and Egyptian folklore have been encapsulated and woven within the delicate motifs and intricate craftsmanship of this New Season nod to Talismanic design. Such pieces are symbolic of the beautiful cyclic nature of life and messages of enchanting mythology to connect the wearer with the spiritual energies of their chakras and the

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Spring into Colour

With what feels like most of the world working from home these days, many of us are going to have a lot more time on our hands. More time stuck indoors in our pyjamas may well be disastrous for the old waistline but does give plenty of opportunities to swat up on the spring runway jewellery trends! Between clothing, accessories, furniture and makeup trends, Spring's jewellery trends are by far the most fun and adventures to play with. As new collections are released every week, we're seeing designers forgo the single-use of gold and silver for an explosion of colour

Developing your Creative Practice

Call for Applications: Developing your Creative Practice DYCP supports individuals who are cultural and creative practitioners and want to take time to focus on their creative development. Round 9 is now open The next round of DYCP opened on 11 January 2021 and closes on 12pm (midday), 18 February 2021. About the fund Are you interested in making an application? You can plan your application at any time, take a look at our  guidance for applicants  and find out if you're ready to apply with our  short quiz . The fund supports creative practitioners thinking of taking their practice to

Q&A: Max Danger

Max Danger is a Danish born Jewellery Designer and craftsman, a self confessed gold obsessive, who has a reputation for innovative and striking pieces of bespoke jewellery. He answers the Benchpeg Q&A. What’s your name, and what do you for a living? MD: Max Danger, I'm a bespoke jeweller and part time Jewellery Technician at the London College of Fashion. How did you come to work in the jewellery industry? MD: I went on a half year jewellery course at technical college in Copenhagen. During my time there I realized that this was what I wanted to do.  Afterwards I applied

Celestial Inspired Jewellery

Jewellers turn to celestial bodies for design inspiration time and time again, with some of the biggest names in fine jewellery returning to star, sun and planet motifs for 2019. These forms are both familiar and yet magical to us, becoming part of the pantheon of jewellery history for many collectors and admirers writes Jodie Smith. Cartier Released during Paris haute couture week, Cartier introduced an entire galaxy of 14 limited edition pieces of jewellery in ‘Les Galaxies de Cartier.’ This is the first in the series of Cartier’s collections based on the mission statement: ‘Explore New, Create Amazing’, and

Shine Bright this November

November has well and truly tumbled onto the scene, bringing with her some nippy winds, torrential rain flurries and a bleak scene outside our windows. As the weather outside cools down, it's that time of year when our winter diaries heat up with a whole host of festive soirees and glitzy parties.  There's no better time of year to open up the box of all things glitzy, bejewelled and oh so sparkly! With designers taking inspiration from all things glamourous and kitsch, party season is about to turn up the heat with the beautiful plethora of beguiling and eye-grabbing pieces

INKubator Programme 2020

Call for Applications: INKubator Programme February - October 2020 Glasgow, Scotland A nine month part-time programme to inspire you, transform your creative practice and kick-start your business. Maker led and maker designed with creativity at it's core.  A nine month part-time programme to inspire you, transform your creative practice and kick-start your business. Maker led and maker designed with creativity at it's core. The INKubator is Scotland’s unique Jewellery Business Programme, with the aim of developing emerging talent by providing a supportive and educational environment. A carefully interwoven set of activities, opportunities and a hive of support to generate maximum impact.

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council reports on Covid-19 survey results

A survey with 120 respondents carried out by  The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council  has found that Covid-19 is adversely impacting designer-makers across the UK, driving it to announce a series of new initiatives to support, connect and inspire isolated craftspeople during this time. In a survey shared with silversmiths, jewellery designers, manufacturers, apprentices and those working in allied trades, The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) sought to understand the current needs, concerns and mood of its audience in order to best support them during this time. Among key results and feedback from over 120 respondents, the GC&DC reports:

GIA open up free online courses to earn GIA diploma

As the global gem and jewelry industry navigates through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is making access to its introductory courses easier than ever before. From May 4, 2020 through June 29, 2020, the GIA Essentials online courses in diamonds, colored stones and jewelry will be available at no cost for first-time enrollments. For additional details and to apply, visit GIA.edu/elearning-offer . This limited time opportunity teaches the fundamentals needed for a profession in gems and jewelry. By completing the three GIA Essentials eLearning courses, students may earn the GIA Applied Jewelry Professional™ (AJP) diploma. Eligible

Gem Empathy Award 2019

Call for Applicaitons: Gem Empathy Award Gem Empathy Award open to IJL visitors for the first time IJL and Gem-A launch the Gem Empathy competition 2019 and ask for jewellery designs for a unique and precious coral jewel IJL and Gem-A have announced the return of the Gem Empathy Award for 2019, which gives IJL 2019 exhibitors and visitors the chance to win a precious and sustainable coral cabochon for their bespoke jewellery design. The long-standing Gem Empathy Award – organised by Gem-A (Gemmological Association of Great Britain) and hosted by IJL – gives exhibitors and, for the first time,

Introducing the latest Harry Winston collection ‘Winston Gates’

Signature design codes from luxury maisons are often reinterpreted time and time again, however, Harry Winston’s latest jewellery collection looks to a unique part of the brand’s history for inspiration writes Jodie Smith. What do you think of when you hear the name Harry Winston? Renowned for his acquisition of some of the world’s most famous diamonds such as the Jonker, Hope, and Winston Legacy diamonds - as well as his philanthropic pursuits - Harry Winston is a name usually associated with enormous jewels, like the headline grabbing purple sapphire and diamond necklace which Jennifer Lopez sported on the Met Gala

Dialogues About Responsible Jewellery - JOYA Barcelona on Zoom

Origen Collective - Gold for Future:  Dialogues About Responsible Jewellery Zoom Lecture 5.00pm (GMT), 12 November 2020 As part of JOYA Barcelona part the Origen Collective invite attendees to a lecture via Zoom, of the Origen - Gold for Future collective, about the social commitment of Responsible Jewelry, on November 12 at 18:00 (Spanish time, 5.00pm UK time). The concern for social commitment and sustainability in jewellery is becoming more important nowadays. In this scenario, the Dialogues on Responsible Jewellery are presented as a space for exchange and debate around the challenges and opportunities of this new conception of jewellery

*Deadline Extended* Vanilla Ink Incubator Programme 2018

Call for Applications: Vanilla Ink Incubator Programme 2018 Extended Deadline The Vanilla Ink Programme has extended it’s deadline for applications. It’s been a busy time of year for everyone and we wanted you to take more time over the application and have decided to extend it into the New Year. Give your jewellery or silversmith practice the best starter package with the Vanilla Ink Professional Development Programme. Deadline 7th January with programme commencing in February 2018. See vanillainkstudios.co.uk/the-programme for more info. About the Incubator Programme The Vanilla Ink Programme is Scotland’s unique incubator pod, with the aim of developing new

'Tis The Season To Party & Shine

The nights have drawn in with dark and bitter blights of misery so it's time to draw them out in a festoon of festive shimmer, shine and all things fine. The party season has officially begun so grab a hot coco and dip into our seasonal festive style guide that will transform your RSPV's from maybe to 'hell yes Santa baby!' As we spin into the most sociable time of year, dazzle and twinkle your way through copious cocktail hours in a haze of head-turning adornments, from striking arm candy, fabulous fringing, glamour cocktail gemstones to tantalising shimmers of diamond

Strike Gold this November

If there was ever a time to wear something sparkly, special and striking, the season of festive frivolities, parties and celebrations would be it! With the arrival of November and her sweeping chill in the air,  your inbox will become one of popularity as  nights of festive fun and mischief begin to come knocking! With that in mind, it's time to add a  touch of delicate glitz, glamour and charm to your holiday look and what better way than with a strike of timeless gold?! A touch of gold provides a classic look of elegance that is gorgeously feminine when worn

The Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund 2018

The Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund Museums, galleries and heritage organisations in the UK can apply for support for time-limited projects that use collections for a social purpose, demonstrating that collections change lives and enhance public benefit. Between 2017 and 2019 the Foundation is offering a total of £3.5 million in grants. Grant Funding Grants of between £20,000 and £120,000 are available to museums and galleries in the UK to enable them to focus on time-limited work on collections outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources. A large number of collections activities are eligible for funding, for example research, digitisation,

Delicate Delights for November Nights

If there ever was a time of year to go big, bold and all things beautiful, the season of sugar and spice and all things nice most definitely hits the mark! As invitations of Christmas nights of festive fun and mischief begin to flock your inbox, it's time to add a bejewelled touch of delicate glitz, glamour and charm! As the winter nights grow colder and daylight hours go to bed far too early, it's our job to inject the sizzling heat and fire of festive finery with a treasure trove of flamboyant sparkle and delightfully delicate statement jewels, guaranteed

Jewellery Surgery at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Jewellery Surgery at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery Let us help you solve your technical and design problems 1 or 2 Day Course - Saturdays 10 and/or 17 Mar 2018 What will be taught? As a maker we all face challenges from time to time: We get stuck with our technical skills, progress or design development and wish we had someone to talk to and discuss it with! On this course you will have the possibility to get advise on the practical and design problems you come across when making jewellery. It will focus on your specific project, your work in

A Treasure of Sentiment

"Jewellery is like a biography. A story that tells the many chapters of our life." There's no doubt that as a nation, the power of our minds has a lot to answer for in how we talk, we walk, we meet, greet and relate. The fleeting emotions we experience on a day-to-day basis help build the individuals we become through experience and curate the interpersonal relationships of who we cross paths with. Arguably the mind is our emotional powerhouse which holds our most treasured memories; from the time you first played truth or dare, that time you got punished for

Welcome To The Journey Of AVØRA

Like a compass that shows North and South, Avøra shows it is time for a unique adventure by following your inner compass. Kaja Ringert and Cathrin Hansen take us through following their inner compass and how they started their Watch brand. In 2012 Kaja Ringert, founder of Avora Time started her first business start-up, Lycka, a yoghurt and vegan ice cream company in Hamburg. By then, her close friend Cathrin Hansen had moved to London and was helping her with design work on an ad-hoc basis.   In October 2016 the two friends decided to channel their common love for design

Massive Leap In 3D Printing For SMEs Formlabs

3D printer manufacturer  Formlabs  is announcing a new manufacturing solution that, for the first time, will make  automated 3D printing a reality for SMEs . For the first time, this hyped technology has taken a meaningful step towards mainstream adoption. At its  Digital Factory  conference  Formlabs  designer and manufacturer of powerful, accessible 3D printing systems announce d the launch of  Fuse 1 , the company’s first selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printer, and  Form Cell , an automated production solution for additive manufacturing that uses the Form 2, the best-selling professional 3D printer. Small manufacturers will be able to locally

Watch This Space: Fashion Wrist-wear Strikes Like Clockwork

The seasons are swiftly chopping and changing as the winds blow in the new trend treasures so as time ticks on, it's prime time to clock onto the new faces taking centre spotlight for all to watch. As hotfooted magpies to anything refined, sparkly and delicately ornate we know the power that a piece of jewellery holds in sculpting a look into new extraordinary territory. The ticking accessory set to hit a strike this coming 2017 is the unsung wrist wear usually reserved only for daily practicality: The Watch. Peaking into the forefront of trend wear must-haves, the demure and

O Holy Sparkle!

As the Christmas nights of fun and mischief begin to flock your anointed mailbox, it's time to open the box on all things bejewelled with a touch of glitz, glamour and kitsch. If there's any time of year to go big, go bold and strut your sass without a hint of faff then the season of sugar and spice and all things nice delivers a wonderland of inspiration ready to wrap you up in one show-stopping goddess. You may well be needing to stock up on berroca but at least you can saunter away in your less than peaky self

Ring In The New Year With Smoulder, Style & Sass

With fine festivities, fabulous frolockings and filthy fun well under way and rocking round that glittering christmas tree it's time to turn our attention to one important date left in the diary; New Year's Eve darlings!  If there was ever a time to sparkle and shine it's would definately be the last night of 2016! What better way is there to ring in a brand new year of unknown memories then decking yourself out like a belated Christmas tree in your newly gifted boughs of crystals, silver, diamonds and all things glittery? With New Years tomfoolery comes celebratory crack, bang

Residency: Glass Artist, Creative Collisions

We are looking for a highly skilled glass artist to become the sixth of six crafts people in residence at Time and Tide Museum as part of our Crafting History programme. Crafting History is a Heritage Lottery Fund, Young Roots programme. What is Crafting History? Young People from Creative Collisions Youth Arts network are working work with Norfolk Museums and Norfolk Arts & Library Services and to set up and manage six, twelve week, craft residencies at Time & Tide Museum. Young People have identified key craft skills that have contributed significantly to the heritage of Great Yarmouth and which

The Winchester and Alton Hoards, Winchester Discovery Centre - Winchester

Births, Battles and Beheadings is a stunning new exhibition celebrating the county’s glorious royal past at the Gallery in Winchester’s Discovery Centre. The exquisite Winchester Hoard was discovered in a field near the city in 2000, and consists of two sets of elaborate, Iron Age gold jewellery, each set comprising a necklace torc, bracelet and two brooches linked with a chain. This is only the second time that the hoard has been on display in its home county, and only the fourth time nationally since its discovery. Births, Battles and Beheadings is part of Royal Blood: The fight for power

Collect 2021 Talks Programme

Collect 2021 Talks Programme, Crafts Council Collect takes place  online   26 February - 2 March 2021 Collect 2021 Talks Programme In association with  Crafts  magazine We're delighted to announce the Collect 2021 Talks Programme taking place 26 Feb - 2 March with leading figures across art, interiors and culture. Carry on reading to discover the full schedule below and book your place now before they're gone: Breaking the Boundaries of Craft: LOEWE FOUNDATION Friday 26 February 12 noon (GMT) An international panel of LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize finalists - ceramist Takeshi Yasuda, textile artist Yeonsoon Chang, glass maker Harry Morgan and jeweller Patricia Domingues - are brought

Craft Festival 2019

Craft Festival 2019 We proudly present Craft Festival 2019, it’s 200 makers, workshops and brand-new website. As well is getting to know our selected makers, we hope you enjoy browsing this year's programme which includes new features  The Forge  and  The Common Room  with returning favourites including  Craft Cinema  and  Out of the Woods.   FULL DETAILS HERE Dates 7 - 9 June 2019 Venue Directions SAT NAV co-ordinates TQ13 9AL Bovey Tracey is only 2 miles off the A38 Exeter to Plymouth Expressway. Exit the A38 at Drumbridges Roundabout and follow signs to Bovey Tracey town centre.  Follow the

News Edit: 2 February 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Cartiers: Understanding the jewellery and those who made them The Week: Francesca Cartier Brickell was sent down to the cellar by her grandfather to fetch a bottle of champagne. When she came back without a bottle, she stumbled upon a battered trunk full of letters.  theweek.in Chopard CEO: Karl-Friedrich Scheufele swears by independence FT: Karl-Friedrich Scheufele talks about Chopard’s ethical stance. ft.com Cult Designer Anissa Kermiche’s Fine Jewellery Line Will Capture Fashion Hearts Vogue: Anissa Kermiche is no stranger to fine jewellery. When the French-Algerian designer launched her brand

News Edit:12 August 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... Jewellery maker Pandora sees shares sink on sales downturn BBC: Danish jewellery maker Pandora is to cut almost 400 jobs, after warning that full-year sales will be lower than expected. bbc.co.uk   Danish jeweller Pandora’s chief executive steps down after profit warning World Press: Danish jewelry maker Pandora’s chief executive, Anders Colding Friis, is stepping down, the firm said... world-press.co.uk   Knightsbridge jeweller sues wife of Malaysia's former prime minister for return of £11.5million in diamonds he claims were delivered to her but never paid for Daily Mail: Malaysia's former first

News Edit: 3 February 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Chaumet's muse Empress Joséphine inspires high jewellery full of colour The Telegraph: There’s something about a diamond tiara that ignites a flurry of excitement inside even the most staunchly indifferent. www.telegraph.co.uk Chroma: Ana Khouri’s golden touch Wallpaper: The entire technique, which I’ve spent years developing, is a secret,’ says the Brazilian-born, New York-based fine jewellery designer Ana Khouri of the manufacturing process behind this delicate choker, formed from a mesh of coloured gold. www.wallpaper.com Iris Van Herpen 3d Printed “Face Jewellery” Expresses Hybridity At Paris Fashion Week 2019 3D Industry

Showstoppers Talk: An eye for design: Rosalinde Gilbert, fashion designer and collector

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

The Design Museum Market, Design Museum Kensington

The Design Museum Market bring over forty leading contemporary designers to the Design Museum for a three-day market, in time for Christmas. The Design Museum Market presents a beautiful selection of jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares, graphic design, digital and children’s products - everything from original stocking fillers to stand-out gifts. Launching for the first time this year the market offers visitors the opportunity to meet new designers, find out more about their work, and view, buy or commission items. Featuring: Myia Bonner Jewellery, Josef Koppmann, Heather O'Connor, Sarah Herriot Design, Before Breakfast, Lollipop Designs, Meylor Paper Goods, Baker Street Boys, SenaGu, Markless

Showstoppers Talk: Surtouts, Epergnes and ‘Grands Platts Menages’

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Showstoppers Talk: Miriam Hanid

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Showstoppers

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Showstoppers Talk: Surtouts, Epergnes and ‘Grands Platts Menages’

Showstoppers Silver Centrepieces Silver is a seductive, glamorous material and the centrepiece is one of its most wondrous uses. ‘Showstoppers’ takes two iconic centrepieces from Leeds’ historic silver collection and presents them alongside contemporary masterpieces by artists Junko Mori and Miriam Hanid. The exhibition showcases the continuation and reinvention of traditional silversmithing techniques and celebrates women in silver, as makers and owners. Junko Mori Willaume & Tanqueray Miriam Hanid Thomas Pitts Events Programme Talk: Miriam Hanid Date: 9 June 2017 Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets: £7 (inc. admission), booking required. Event: Silversmithing Demonstration Date: 10 June 2017 Time: 11.00am –

Facebook Small Business Grants Programme

Facebook small business grants programme Facebook are offering £1,929 in cash grants and £1,157 in ad credits to help during this challenging time. To be eligible to apply, you must: Be a for-profit business Have between 2 and 50 employees Have been in business for over a year Have experienced challenges from COVID-19 Be in or near a location where Facebook operates For more information: apply-aims-grants.com Terms and Conditions: apply-aims-grants.com/aims/

Call for Applications: InnovationRCA Creative Brands Accelerator

Call for Applications: InnovationRCA Creative Brands Accelerator Creative small businesses founded by RCA graduates are invited to apply to the InnovationRCA Creative Brands Accelerator. Participation in the programme will give you access to InnovationRCA's range of high profile coaches and mentors, and, for selected brands, the opportunity to pitch to investors. Applications open on 13 October 2020. For more information, join us online at the Creative Brands Accelerator Launch Webinar on Tuesday 13th October at 1pm (UK time). Register  here .

First ever online Goldsmiths' Fair opened by Prince Charles

[youtube url=http://youtu.be/GGvGiWC4RJE] Goldsmiths' Fair opened this year, for the first time in its 38 year history, as an online only event, due to to the global pandemic. In an act of support of the jewellery and silversmithign craft and industry Prince Charles made a personal address to open the event on 23rd September. The Goldsmiths' Company took the decision in Spring 2020 not to cancel their support for the industry to which they are wedded, but to pivot the event so that it continue to go ahead, providing an essential route to market for the small independent businesses [youtube

Pantone Colour of the Year Announced

"A marriage of colour conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting." PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, two independent colours that highlight how different elements come together to support one another, best express the mood for Pantone Color of the Year 2021. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of colour that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and

New short film, Warrior with a Crown, collaborates with jewellery designer Ugo Cacciatori to explore the subconscious

An anonymous beach. A young man looks out at a baron sea, a blurred horizon line. A bleak dawn- a vulnerable time of day free of outward distraction, pregnant with opportunity to be seized, or wasted; a torturous, immobilising thought. The monotonality of the backdrop provides a blank canvas for the  the voyeur watches as he wrestles with his inner voice, as it transcribes the motivation, or lack of, behind his actions.  The film posits that fear and failure are manmade illusions and highlights our propensity to be captives in our own minds. The short film addresses how

Artistar Jewels 2019

Call for Applications: Artistar Jewels 2019 The protagonists of the international contemporary jewelry will shine in a week entirely dedicated to the Jewelry world, the Milano Jewelry Week. The call for entries for the seventh edition of Artistar Jewels is officially open. Artistar Jewels is an international project dedicated to the international contemporary jewelry. The event will take place for the first time from 24th to 27th October 2019 during the Milano Jewelry Week, a new week of the Milanese schedule entirely dedicated to the world of jewelry. The city will be surrounded by a unique artistic flair, welcoming the

Disa Allsopp Launches New Website

Renowned jeweller Disa Allsopp has announced the launch of her brand new website, which features an online shop making it easier than ever to purchase from her bespoke work. Initially the designer maker has made a collection of the signature ‘Spaghetti Rings’ available for online purchase with plan to expand on the selection over time. The new site also lists of our stockists enabling customers to source the designer’s work worldwide. www.disaallsopp.com  Author:  Published: 

CASS Jewellery & Silversmithing Launches Crowdfunder for ‘New Designers’ 2018

The last cohort of students on the Jewellery & Silversmithing BA degree course at The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design have launched a Crowdfunder campaign towards exhibiting at the New Designers graduate show in 2018. It will be the last time the course exhibits as a dedicated jewellery and silversmithing specialist course. With funding unavailable from their university, the current cohort of students want to ensure their participation in the flagship show for new U.K. design graduates. As a celebration of the end of their degree and the beginning of their journies as designers / makers, the group

Made By Hand, The Contemporary Craft Fair at Cheltenham Town Hall

Made By Hand, The Contemporary Craft Fair at Cheltenham Town Hall 8 - 10 March 2019 Made by Hand will showcase a highly selective group of 90 makers & artists set in the beautiful surroundings of Cheltenham's Town Hall. Venue Made by Hand The Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA Dates 8 - 10, March 2019 Open Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 10am-4pm (Last entry 30 minutes before the end time)

The Bristol Artisan

Call for Applications: The Bristol Artisan The Bristol Artisan is the newest addition to a portfolio of successful events organised by Designers/Makers in collaboration with cultural venues. After a great launch in March this year, we are holding a second event for 50 Designer Makers at Arnolfini on Bristol Harbourside - just in time for Christmas. This two day weekend selling event is highly consumer oriented and offers visitors the opportunity to meet the designers and view, buy or commission products for the festive season. We hope that The Bristol Artisan will continue to provide an outlet for designer makers

Heritage Skills Festival 2017

Witness the skills, celebrate the heritage, come and have a go! For the first time ever the City of London Livery Companies and Lincoln Cathedral are joining together to celebrate traditional crafts and skills essential to the preservation of the Cathedral and other ancient buildings as well as keeping heritage and skills alive. Come and see and have a go. Displays both inside the Cathedral and on the East Green. On the Saturday afternoon, there will be an auction of work produced during the event by the City of London Livery Companies. Dates 23 – 24 June 2017 Venue Lincoln

Call for Applications: Inhorgenta Award

For the first time ever, Messe München will confer the Inhorgenta Award in six categories at Inhorgenta Munich 2017. This distinction is intended as a reward for special products and services of the jewellery and watch industry. As of now, applications for the award can be filed and tickets for the festive gala be bought via the new website www.inhorgenta-award.com. The presentation of the Inhorgenta Award will happen on 19 February at the Postpalast in Munich and will be the highlight of Inhorgenta Munich. Categories Messe München confers this distinction for special products and services of the jewellery and watch

Artists International Development Fund

The Arts Council England's Artists International Development Fund offers funding for artists to develop links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in other countries. Freelance and self-employed artists working in combined arts, literature, music, theatre, dance, visual arts and crafts and design can apply for grants of £1,000-£5,000 to spend time building these links to open their work to other perspectives. Deadline: 26 October 2016 www.artscouncil.org.uk

Wrap it Up , Studio Fusion Gallery - London

Christmas is such a special time of year and knowing that, we at Studio Fusion Gallery are again presenting an exciting and diverse collection of jewellery and objects for you to choose from. So for something from the accessibly priced to a unique collectable, look no further than this curated selection showing design, originality and skill. From the decorative to the functional, in a variety of materials from leather to gold, we are sure that you’ll be able to find that perfect gift amongst the work from some of the top designers in the country. And if you want a

Town Centre Artist Commission

Town Centre Artist Commission, HOME Slough HOME Slough wants to animate the town centre with one or more artist commissions that will connect and express Slough’s people and inspire a sense of pride in the town. The outcome may be a permanent, semi-permanent or temporary artwork/installation/event. The commission will engage with the town centre environment and test its potential as a destination for arts and culture activity. It will involve local people in its creative development and reach new audiences for the arts. It will encourage local thinking on the future on the town centre environment at a time of

Call for Applications: The Design Museum Market

The Design Museum Market is the newest addition to a portfolio of successful events organised by Designers/Makers in collaboration with cultural venues in London. Launching for the first time this year, The Design Museum Market is set to become the leading showcase and selling event for contemporary design in London. The three day selling event is highly consumer oriented and offers visitors the opportunity to meet the designers and view, buy or commission products. The event targets and appeals to an informed and highly motivated audience of UK and international consumers, collectors and aficionados as well as a select audience

50 Years of Ortak Finery

With exciting times ahead at Ortak HQ in Kirkwall, Orkney, 2017 is set to be the year of Ortak jewellery finery. The brand is 50 years old this year and to celebrate, they have exciting new ranges launching as well as looking back at some of their mostloved pieces. With plans set to relaunch these iconic collections, Ortak hope to take their loyal fans back down memory lane. For some of their younger fans, it will give them the opportunity to not only see but fall in love with the jewellery for the first time. Ortak blossom into Spring with

Open Studios: 401 ½ Studios

401½ are pleased to offer a warm welcome for pre-Christmas shopping or browsing and a chance to meet and chat with makers about their work. The artists and makers at 401½ studios are opening their doors once more this November, giving visitors the opportunity to view and buy from a vast array of different crafts and arts. This year they are excited to have been joined by a number of new members who will be opening their studios for the first time. On the 19th - 20th November, 11am-5pm, Studio 401 ½ throw open the doors to their South London

The Allure of Silver: Past and Present - JASSO

The Allure of Silver: Past and Present - JASSO, The Jewellery and Silver Society of Oxford JASSO, the Jewellery and Silver Society Oxford are hosting an exhibition of jewellery and silver at The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock by society members. Items in the exhibition will be for sale. JASSO is a not-for-profit organisation and all committee give their time for free. The exhibition aims to promote understanding of making, and to provide visitors with a basic understanding of the steps and processes behind the work of the jeweller and silversmith. Dates: 22 October – 6 November 2016 Venue: The Oxfordshire

Goldsmiths Craft and Design Awards: The Winners

The presentation of the annual awards of the Goldsmiths Craft & Design took place at Goldsmiths Hall in London on 27 February 2017.  Here we detail the full list of winners. WINNERS LIST - CRAFTSMANSHIP & DESIGN AWARDS 2017 - Full List                                       Name    Description         Where from       SECTION 1           SILVERSMITHS                  SILVER                                  Charlotte Tollyfield          Table Centrepiece           Charlotte Tollyfield Designer Silversmith               Luke Orford        Silver Table Centrepiece               Grant Macdonald             SECTION 2           SMALLWORKERS                              BRONZE                                               Gisèle Moore    Gold Clock with Rock Crystal, Enamel & Onyx

Classically trained Diamond Mounter seeks work

Classically trained Diamond Mounter seeks work I am looking for part time work only based in London or the south east (I am from Canterbury, Kent) handling diamonds and gemstones. I am a classically trained diamond mounter and completed a five year apprenticeship in Hatton garden through The Goldsmiths’ Company, I then worked in Paris making fine jewellery. I am looking to expand my knowledge in other areas of the industry especially gemstones. My number is 07712110557 and my email is  info@chloemayjewellery.co.uk www.chloemayjewellery.co.uk

V&A unveils refurbished Raphael Court ahead of reopening

The V&A had unveiled a first look at the newly refurbished Raphael Court – home to the Raphael Cartoons – following a landmark renovation in 2020 to mark the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death. Together with a new interpretive approach, the refreshed gallery will transform the way museum visitors experience the Cartoons, lent to the V&A from the Royal Collection by Her Majesty The Queen. The gallery will reopen to the public for the first time when the V&A reopens on 19 May 2021. The Raphael Cartoons are among the greatest treasures of the Renaissance in the UK. Shortly after his

Getting Started 2021

Call for Applications: Getting Started 2021 Applications are now open for Getting Started 2021, the one-week free online introduction to business course Today the Goldsmiths’ Centre opens applications for Getting Started Online 2021, the one-week introduction to business course designed to support the most talented UK designers, designer makers and skilled craftspeople in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries. Celebrating 40 years, Getting Started Online 2021 is a free course, delivered for the first time completely virtually, and will provide up to 100 start-ups with the help to get practical guidance and advice on key aspects of getting their business

NAJ Awards 2019

Call for Entries: NAJ Awards 2019 5 December 2019 Johns Hotel, Solihull There’s still time to recognise your unique business, super team or invaluable colleague. Application Deadline The deadline for entries to the NAJ Awards 2019 has been extended until midday on Monday 28 October 2019 , in order to increase the number of entries from all areas of the industry. Entrants now have 5 days to perfect their entries to ensure they have the best chance of scooping an industry accolade at this year’s awards. About the Awards The NAJ Awards 2019  recognise companies, teams and individuals in the jewellery

Coronavirus: Responsible Jewellery Council orders workers to go remote

As the new coronavirus disease, officially named COVID-19, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization the Responsible Jewellery Council has ordered its staff to work remotely. They issued the following statement: Members of the jewellery and watch industry are going through a challenging time, affected by the current health and economic climate. The Responsible Jewellery Council team would like to extend its thoughts to all stakeholders and their families around the world. As the virus continues to spread extensively, we have taken additional precautionary measures. We need to be proactive and minimise the risk of the virus

Wallace Chan to show never-seen-before brooch as part of inaugural TEFAF Online

“When I first saw butterflies, as a child, I did not know that butterflies were called butterflies. I asked my mother, ‘what are these flying colours?’ Since then, butterflies have always been flying colours in my eyes.” Jewellery artist and innovator Wallace Chan will showcase ‘In Love with Spring’ for the first time as part of the inaugural TEFAF Online. In line with the fair’s singular “masterpiece” format, Chan presents an exceptional brooch that exemplifies his unique aesthetic, gift for storytelling and technical genius.  ‘In Love with Spring’, created in 2014, conveys Chan’s vision of “flying colours” with meticulous gemstone

TEFAF Online - New York 2020

TEFAF Online New York 1– 4 November 2020 300 Masterpieces. Exclusively Online TEFAF Online will take place in the time slot of TEFAF New York. This edition is a digital marketplace where every member of our community is invited to showcase one highlight representing their expertise in the top segment of the art market. Every highlight presented at TEFAF Online is vetted by an independent vetting committee composed of the most respected experts in the field. We are honored to showcase 300 dealers from all over the world. The power of TEFAF is in the combined attraction of exhibiting dealers.

City of Glasgow College run eco jewellery competition

The City of Glasgow College recently ran a Jewellery Design competition for Secondary Schools in Scotland during Lockdown with the theme  #climatemergency  and received over 300 entries. The competition challenged young people to design a pendant that reflects the world’s climate emergency. Mirin Scott from Carluke High School has won the S1-S3 category for her design which highlighted bees becoming endangered. Grace Anderson from Blairgowrie High School took first place for S4-S6 with her pendant underlining the urgency of time. Lisa McGovern, Curriculum Head for Craft and Design at City of Glasgow College, said: “We had over 300 entries for

News Edit: 27 October 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Milan celebrates jewellery design Domus: For the first time in Milan a week dedicated to jewellery: the Milan Jewelry Week, open from 24 to 27 October 2019. domusweb.it Two become one in the hands of Lorenzo Mattotti and Van Cleef & Arpels Wallpaper: Adding to the maison’s rich rollcall of artist collaborations, Nicolas Bos, CEO of Van Cleef & Arpels, was keen to find an artist who could unite the different facets of dance, drawing and high jewellery for the maison’s 2019 high jewellery collection, ‘Romeo & Juliet’. wallpaper.com Julianne

Bench Jeweller / Stone Setter, TJC - Feltham, London

The role Bench Jeweller / Stone Setter TJC Feltham, London Who we are TJC Established in 2006 and headquartered in the London area, TJC is an omni-channel retailer specialising in jewellery, home, beauty, fashion, gemstones, and other lifestyle accessories. TJC reaches over 25 million UK households via our live 24/7 TV Shopping channel and our e-commerce site. Our goal is to deliver trust, joy, and community to our employees and customers through our high-quality products and commitment to corporate social responsibility; we aim to touch people’s lives one piece at a time. Check us out at www.tjc.co.uk or on TV

Makers & Tools Project

Makers & Tools Project Old Fire Station, Oxford 17 May - 15 June 2019 The  Makers & Tools  project provides makers with the space and time to take risks in their practice, to explore new ways of collaborative working and to develop skills that will contribute to the success of their careers in contemporary craft.  It provides valuable continuing professional development opportunities for makers in the SW and SE, and makes visible the process of craft to a wider public audience. The project connects six contemporary craft makers in the early stages of their careers, who undertook a non-verbal conversation

International Jewellery London to “sparkle” as it moves to historic Alexandra Palace

International Jewellery London (IJL) is moving to the iconic Alexandra Palace for its 65 th  anniversary year in 2020 and the organisers Reed Exhibitions are unveiling how the event is set to enter a new decade.    Referring to the new look and feel of IJL, Kerry Prince Reed Divisional Director said: “A feat of Victorian engineering, Alexandra Palace is a space that has recently undergone a reinvention, the Palace has been transformed, drawing it into an exciting new design space.  It is therefore a perfect time to move into the new decade, celebrate IJL’s 65 birthday and support the

Society of Designer Craftsmen

Part Time Administrator Society of Designer Craftsmen Work from home / available for meetings in London Make A Difference!  Be part of one of the leading craft societies in the UK This is a wonderful opportunity to join the management team of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, an organisation founded by William Morris and Walter Crane which is embarking on an exciting programme of development and change. Our members are some of the most innovative, talented and skilled craftspeople in the country. We promote and support the work of designer makers working across craft disciplines including Ceramics, Wood, Metal, Glass

Tropical Coloured Fun

When you think of summer, you think of fun so this season it's all about piling on the colour, texture, print and shapes with your summer colour-popping accessories! The jewellery world is diving into the tropical world of summer with palm leaf prints, juicy fruit motifs and multi-coloured gemstones to brighten your life with statement style. Conjuring up scenes of crystal blue lapping waves, rich and lush rainforests of bushy leaves and exotic animals parading in beautiful arrays of colour, now is the time to get your hands on summers' finest necklaces, statement rings and flirty bracelets. Take a dive

A new verge for Westminster Abbey

Ottewill Silversmiths and Jewellers Ltd proudly watched as the new verge manufactured for Westminster Abbey was used for the first time on Tuesday by the Dean’s Verger, Martin Castledine. The special service, to celebrate the 750 th  Anniversary of the re-building of the Abbey, was attended by Her Majesty The Queen. The commission by Westminster Abbey following a tender process overseen by The Goldsmiths’ Company, stipulated that the piece had to be made by an apprentice. Our 5 year apprentice, 21 year old William Sullivan, relished the challenge and it was hand made to an exceptional standard in our Ashford

Cockpit Arts Open Studios 2019 - Holborn

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2019 - Holborn Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP 14 - 16 June 2019 Cockpit Arts is open over two weekends for a midsummer celebration; visit for a glimpse behind the studio doors and a chance to buy direct from London’s best independent makers, alongside demonstrations, workshops and a secret postcard sale. Meet over 140 different craftspeople during the two weekend openings at Cockpit Arts’ studios; located in Holborn, at the heart of Bloomsbury and in the creative South East London neighbourhood of Deptford. Open Studios is the only time Cockpit Arts is open to the

Artist in Residence - Museum DIVA

Call for Applications: Jewellery / Silversmithing Artist in Residence Museum DIVA Antwerp, Belgium Museum DIVA is inviting promising jewellery designers and silversmiths to take part in its artist in residence programme at Studio DIVA in Antwerp. In this fully-equipped production atelier residents are given time, space and professional support to research and experiment within their field. Leading creatives, curators, theoreticians and gallery owners will visit the individual participants at Studio DIVA during their residency, giving them the benefit of feedback on their practice and their sector from a variety of standpoints. As well as the production atelier, DIVA boasts a

Contemporary Artist Commission, East Riding Visual Arts Uplift

Contemporary Artist Commission, East Riding Visual Arts Uplift (East Riding of Yorkshire Council) Following the initial commissions of artists Ian Kirkpatrick and Juliette Losq, the East Riding Visual Arts Uplift is proud to announce yet another contemporary artistic commission this time in collaboration with Sewerby Hall and Gardens for 2021/2022 There is an all inclusive commission fee of £8,000 available to the shortlisted artist to create a piece of contemporary artwork that is site specific and fits the stated artistic brief. The work proposed and produced must be contemporary art, that is both challenging and of a high quality. We

The Dover Prize

Call for Applications: The Dover Prize  The Dover Prize is an award open to any UK-based artist. It supports excellence and experimentation in the arts and creative industries. Applications are welcome from artists and creative practitioners working in the visual arts e.g.  painting, sculpture, ceramics, print- making, photography, digital art, film making, performance and installations. This year the Dover Prize comprises: The Dover Award:  A bursary of £10,000 paid across two years, to an individual or collective to provide time to think, research, reflect and/or experiment with new ideas Creative Awards:  Five awards of £1,500 are available for one year

Appointment: Dr Frances Parton new Deputy Curator of the Goldsmiths’ Company

The Goldsmiths Company has announced that Dr Frances Parton has been appointed as Deputy Curator in the Collections Team. Frances Parton has a long and established career in the museum and heritage sector, having most recently spent time in curatorial roles with The National Trust, English Heritage and the V&A.  She brings to the role a wealth of knowledge in decorative arts, contemporary and historic metalwork, silver and jewellery.  With a PhD and MPhil from Cambridge University, a BA from Durham University and a track record of well received publications, Frances brings an impressive breadth of knowledge and distinctive perspective

Elma Ultrasonic S40H 4.25l

Elma Ultrasonic S40H 4.25l  The Elma S40H Ultrasonic Cleaner has a 4.25 litre capacity tank, it’s in a very good condition, bought from Cooksongold. Features: The S40H is easy to use, with the option of either a continuous operation or a 1 to 30 minute timed setting, and has a selection of high tech features for ultrasonic cleaning which is fast, efficient and effortless. This heated ultrasonic cleaner can be programmed to clean at temperatures between 30° and 80°, in increments of 5°, and can be switched on by hand or by automatic temperature control. Both the remaining cleaning time

News Edit: 12 January 2020

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Jewellery trends for 2020: recycling deluxe, strange stones and the rise of demi-bespoke The Telegraph: With more precious raw materials and longer production times, jewellery trends move at a slower pace than those in the fashion world. This is a relief for buyers - there’s no need to worry that a new, four-figure piece will scream ‘last season’ in a few short months. telegraph.co.uk The Men’s Jewellery Trend We’re Planning On Copying In 2020 Vogue: At this time of year, in addition to the resolutions and intentions, the winds of

Behind the scenes making of the Ottewill Silversmiths ICC Cricket World Cup

The 12th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup officially begins today. For the first time in ten years, it will be hosted by England and Wales. This year, 10 teams will compete over the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy-  replicas of which have beautifully crafted by Ottewill Silversmiths.  Leading up to the event, the trophy has travelled the globe, on what has been dubbed the ''most connected Trophy Tour ever.'' A good thing then that Ottewill Silversmiths are no stranger to prestigious commissions, having worked on many pieces for  The Henley Royal Regatta, as well as the FA Cup [youtube

The Royal College of Art presents Work-in-Progress (WiP) 2021

The Royal College of Art presents Work-in-Progress (WiP) 2021 29 January – 5 February 2021 Online wip.rca.ac.uk Like artists, creators, designers and curators across the globe our students have adapted, innovated and reimagined in recent months. An RCA degree questions established narratives – this has never been more relevant – and has been a prominent feature of our studio (whether at-home or on-campus) and online delivery. For the first time, the Royal College of Art's annual presentation of Work in Progress will this year take place online as a digital platform, accompanied by a programme of digital events. Wherever you

Reservoir, official watch partner of the 2019 Coupe des Alpes, create 30 limited edition timepieces

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary Coupe des Alpes, Reservoir have created a special limited edition timepiece that embodies the unique charm and character of classic racing cars of days gone by.  This year, for the first time, Reservoir are the official watch partner for the legendary automotive event, which takes place between the 13th-15th June. To mark the occasion, a limited edition watch, based on the Supercharge Red Zone model will be available in a limited run of just 30. Its retrograde minute and jumping hour at the counter are reminiscent of classic car tachometer.  It displays

News Edit: 11 October 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   All The Best Jewellery Trends From The SS21 Shows Vogue: With lockdown round two and potential economic doom on the horizon, you might be thinking it’s time to put the fripperies of jewellery to one side. But for spring/summer 2021, designers have proven what all true lovers of jewellery know: its ability to lift your mood is undeniable, as is its power to make you look instantly dressed up – even if off camera, you are pairing it only with your pyjamas. vogue.co.uk London Fashion Week: the need-to-know

Sweet Ceramic Jewellery with Rebecca Wilson

It’s that time of Year when resolutions are rife, and many of us try, successfully or not so much, to give up our vices. The good news is, if you’re craving sugar, you’re in for a treat. Rebecca Wilson is a ceramicist who is venturing into jewellery, her whimsical designs are sugar-spun into cool confectionary.  Living and working near Edinburgh and Scotland, Rebecca comes from a background in ceramics and has recently introduced jewellery and wearables to her collection. She has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad, most notably at COLLECT in the Saatchi Gallery, London, SOFA in Chicago,

Delicate Like Iron

Delicate Like Iron Jewellery from a private collection 16 July 2021 through 6 February 2022 In the period from the late 18th to the mid-19th century, what is called iron jewellery was very popular: elaborate necklaces, bracelets, pendant earrings, brooches and even rings, filigreed like lace – yet cast from iron. The pieces’ unobtrusive material, clear-cut formal idiom and somewhat inaccessible character reflect the values embraced by society back then: constancy, modesty and reticence. In line with the taste of the time, they feature elements from Gothic architecture or floral ornamental motifs from classical antiquity, such as palmettes, acanthus and

Black Jewellers Network - In conversation with Rachel Sweeney

Black Jewellers Network: In conversation with Rachel Sweeney -Responsible sourcing and jewellery practices The Black Jewellers Network events are open and for everybody The Black Jewellers Network is an inclusive group for any jewellers (you don't have to be a person of colour to attend). The attendance of the events is mixed. The purpose Black Jewellers Network is meet jewellers and talk about positive topics which help all jewellers thrive. The events are always free/open. The events / community is run on a voluntary basis. In conversation with Rachel Sweeney - Responsible sourcing and jewellery practices Date: 29 April 2021 Time: 6pm BST Rachel

The World’s First Functional Bitcoin Watch

A combination of luxurious craftsmanship and technical innovation, the Vanguard Encrypto by Franck Muller is the world's first functional Bitcoin watch.  While the watch serves not only its purpose of telling time but also acts as a gateway to accessing the millennial gold of this era, the cryptocurrency. About Bitcoin Bitcoin, a well-known digital currency, with no centralised bank, allowing peer-to-peer transactions without a 'middle-man'. The software for Bitcoin was implemented in 2009, as open-source code.  Since then, it's captured the imagination of the press and the criticism of economists, with some calling it a 'speculative bubble', where asset prices

Christmas Fayre at St Donat's Castle 2019

Call for Applications: Christmas Fayre at St Donat's Castle 2019 1 December 2019 St Donat's Castle, Llantwit Major Applications are now Open! About the Event A unique event in a unique location, herald the start of the festive season and join us for our Christmas Fayre at St Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan. This popular, family friendly, annual event showcases a creative mix of handmade designer crafts and food exhibitors; the perfect opportunity to get into the Christmas swing of things and pick up some great gifts. With over 50 stalls to browse, including a number of first-time

Crafts Council Launch Hardship Fund

Crafts Council Launch Hardship Fund The Craft Sector Hardship Fund will open at  11am on Wednesday 17 June Apply here The Crafts Council recognise this is an incredibly challenging time for makers and with generous support of  The Radcliffe Trust  they will be awarding 150 makers with a £500 bursary. They will award on a first come first served basis in order to get cash into makers hands as soon as possible. They are therefore relying on your integrity to only apply if you really need this help. Crafts sector hardship grant FAQs: Who is eligible? This grant is open

Wallace Chan Lecture 2020

Wallace Chan Lecture 2020 Maastricht 9 March 2020 SIERAAD Art Fair and well-known jewellery designer Wallace Chan have made a unique collaboration for TEFAF. The highlight of the exhibition will be ‘Keeper of Time’, a necklace juxtaposing the artist’s most recent innovation, the Wallace Chan Porcelain, with his vintage carving creations from over 30 years ago. Gemstones, memories from different times, are revisited and given new life; they are indispensable links in the long chain of time that connects the past and the present. Lecture SIERAAD are honoured to organize a lecture of Wallace Chan in partnership with Chequita Nahar,

Get Ready for Laidback Luxe

 It's that time of year that leaves you in a bit of a style conundrum - relaxed laidback comfort for at-home mooching or showstopping glam for all those festive drinks and parties galore! Striking that perfect balance between comfort, quality and style is no easy feat which is why we've scouted the best laidback luxe looks for you this party season. Not everyone wants to go all out with the glitz and glamour of showstopping pieces dripping in colour, gemstones and glitter. Pieces that intrigue with subtle hints of chic design and detailing is exactly what designers have been tapping

Studios Available - Oxo Tower Wharf

Workshops and Studios Available - Oxo Tower Wharf Oxo Tower Wharf, at the heart of London’s South Bank, is home to studios for designer-makers and craftspeople and we have a number of spaces available for talented new tenants. These opportunities come at a pivotal time for Oxo as we re-focus on craft and design and seek talented makers to join us. We're excited to be safeguarding spaces for creatives in central London and our building provides a unique opportunity for makers to have a studio and showroom in one, with opportunity for an open door to the public too! Our studios

Randox Grand National 2021 trophy pays tribute to COVID pandemic key workers

The headline sponsor of the Randox Grand National has unveiled the trophy for the 2021 event with a tribute to key workers of the COVID-19 pandemic design and made by female silversmith Cara Murphy, the trophy was presented to the first female jockey winner of the Grand National on Saturday. Shown to the public for the first time on Saturday 3 April during ITV Racing’s Opening Show, the 2021 trophy has been designed for the second year by Silversmith Cara Murphy from Northern Ireland. The unique design of the silver and gold trophy, which includes illustrations of the COVID-19 virus on

Graduate Shows 2020

Jewellery and Silversmithing Graduate Shows 2020 In the absence of the ability to hold physical graduate shows for the 3d disciplines of jewellery, silversmithing and the allied crafts, many institutions are hosting events online, featuring work in online exhibition spaces. Truro & Penwith College Art  An online exhibition this year, which is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into the inspiring and varied Art & Design courses on offer across our campuses which range from fine art, silversmithing, product design, textiles, ceramics and more, and are open to all ages and abilities from part time leisure courses to degree

Great Scots in Isolation @ The Scottish Gallery

Great Scots  The Scottish Gallery Online 3 - 27 June 2020 The Scottish Gallery are pleased to introduce  Great Scots in Isolation , which is a series of short 1-2 minute films by Scottish Gallery artists from Scotland, UK and internationally. The Scottish Gallery wants to show solidarity to all at this time of isolation and let you into our artists' worlds.  When the country went into lockdown on the 23rd March 2020, our lives changed dramatically. As the world around us closed down, our instinct was to reach out to our artists and allow them to have a voice [youtube [youtube [youtube [youtube [youtube [youtube

News Edit: 20 September 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Works of art: the best of this season’s high jewellery pieces It can take hundreds, if not thousands, of hours to create a high jewellery piece. Jessica Diamond on this season’s sparkling labours of love. Photographs by Charles Negre. www.thetimes.co.uk From Gabrielle Chanel to Elsa Peretti, Meet the Women Who Changed the Jewelry World The world of jewelry was, for a long time, the domain of men. But throughout the twentieth century, exceptional women have taken control and revolutionized the codes of the most prestigious houses. Meet the

Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios 2019 - Holborn

Winter Open Studios 29 November – 1 December Cockpit Arts, Holborn Cockpit Arts’ celebrated Winter Open Studios - located in the creative South East London neighbourhood of Deptford and heart of Bloomsbury – brings you the chance to meet and shop directly with over 140 of London’s finest makers during two weekends. This twice-yearly shopping event is the only time Cockpit Arts is open to the public, making this an exclusive chance to meet some of the best craftspeople in London, see where it all happens and support this hub of creative talent. Throwing open the studio doors, it’s the

'On the Surface' Exhibition Brings Jacqueline Ryan back to the Scottish Gallery after Twenty Years

Ten years on Italian time has done Jacqueline Ryan a wealth of good. The ambling pace of the sleepy Umbrian region of Italy is evident in the painstaking details of her work.  Today, 'On the Surface', opens- an exhibition that see's Jacquine Ryan return to the Scottish Gallery after 20 years, since  the seminal exhibition  Art Jewellery  by Jacqueline Ryan and Giovanni Corvaja A great source of inspiration for the maker is her own childhood, she recalls fondly trips to museums with her parents, where she would marvel at ancient objects and intricate technical equipment. Born of sketches from memory, and

Fit for a Queen: Arabel Lebrusan unveils the Crown Collection

Arabel Lebrusan's designs are thoughtfuly crafted to stand the test of time, just like the bonds they commemorate.  The new Crown Collection is a showcase of elegantly crafted women’s rings in beautiful diadem, coronet, tiara and wishbone shapes, all set with ethically sourced diamonds. The pieces are designed to make thoughtful milestone gifts, whether it be a wedding, anniversary, or celebrating the birth of a child. The Crown Collection’s versatile and delicate design allows each individual piece to either stand alone or form part of a unique collected of ‘stacker’ rings,  Designer Arabel Lebrusan says: “The Crown Collection is a feminine

The Goldsmiths’ Company’s ‘Moon Trophy’ Remembered 50 Years After the Moon Landing

Fifty years ago in 1969, the first men landed on the moon, and with that the Goldsmiths' Company fittingly commissioned a piece to commemorate Sir Alan Herries Wilson’s time as Prime Warden from 1969-1970. Sir Alan Herries Wilson, a distinguished physicist laid the foundations for today’s understanding of microelectronics, as well as the Apollo 11 mission itself which landed the first men on the moon. The ‘Moon Trophy’ stands at 38.7 cm tall, and depicts a hand reaching out toward a magnificently modelled, oxidised and electroformed moon, hand sand cast in silver. Surrounding the moon are silver-gilt rings, set in

Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios 2019 - Deptford

Winter Open Studios 6 – 8 December Cockpit Arts, Deptford Cockpit Arts’ celebrated Winter Open Studios - located in the creative South East London neighbourhood of Deptford and heart of Bloomsbury – brings you the chance to meet and shop directly with over 140 of London’s finest makers during two weekends. This twice-yearly shopping event is the only time Cockpit Arts is open to the public, making this an exclusive chance to meet some of the best craftspeople in London, see where it all happens and support this hub of creative talent. Throwing open the studio doors, it’s the destination

Generation to Generation: Recent Graduates complete Mentorship with Award Winning Goldsmiths

Eight recent jewellery and silversmithing graduates have taken their first steps towards establishing promising careers by completing a pilot mentoring scheme with award winning members of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, made possible by a grant provided by the Goldsmiths' Centre.  Graduate silversmiths Danniella Wilde, Anna Peake, Will Romeril, Abigail Marsh and Jayne Rimington; as well as jewellery designer makers Hannah Viner and Louisa Warren were given time and advice by each of their experienced mentors, helping them to enhance their skills and expand their knowledge.  Over the eight months they gained confidence and deepened their understanding of useful technical

Dragons’ Den and The Workbench

The Workbench: Best-friends-turned-jewellers appear on prime-time BBC One TV show after world-first ring carving kits shake up jewellery industry. Best friends Katie and Kirstie built their business after a eureka moment during a craft night with friends. The new series of Dragons’ Den saw this week The Workbench girls pitch their business  on the BBC programme. The Workbench, the world’s first design-your-own ring carving kit, is the result of a lightbulb moment in 2014 between best friends - founders Katie and Kirstie who appeared on the finale episode of the 18th series of Dragons’ Den on the 8th July pitching

TCT 3Sixty 2020

TCT 3Sixty ReScheduled  29 June - 1 July 2021 NEC, Birmingham TCT 3Sixty will provide tangible value to an attendee, providing a return on investment immediately. Intelligence and contacts will continue to pay dividends long after the show closes. Through new content styles, new exhibiting methods and new networking opportunities, we can achieve this. 2020 will offer attendees innovative and interactive 360-degree insights into how to get the best from their existing additive technology or choose the appropriate new 3D printing technology. Whether YOU decide to invest, are ready to invest for the first time or are looking for an

Studio Share - Jewellers Bench Space Available

Studio Share - Jewellers Bench Space Available Thames Side Studios, South East London  £120/month Bright new workshop overlooking the river on Thames Side Studios premises with lots of natural light. Shared with 2 others (CAD technician & painter, both use it very occasionally only). You would basically have the studio to yourself most of the time! The size of it is 4x3m and about half is taken up by painting materials such as canvases. Site has 24hr access, parking and over night security guard. Over 400 artist studios on the site with a community of creative people. We currently need

Studio Share - Jewellers Bench Space Available

Studio Share - Jewellers Bench Space Available Thames Side Studios, South East London  £120/month Bright new workshop overlooking the river on Thames Side Studios premises with lots of natural light. Shared with 2 others (CAD technician & painter, both use it very occasionally only). You would basically have the studio to yourself most of the time! The size of it is 4x3m and about half is taken up by painting materials such as canvases. Site has 24hr access, parking and over night security guard. Over 400 artist studios on the site with a community of creative people. We currently need

Irish goldsmith Nigel O’Reilly’s work go under the Sotheby’s hammer

For the first time in history an Irish high jewellery maker will showcase his works at auction in the US.  October 22nd sees the inclusion of Mayo based jewellery designer and goldsmith Nigel O’Reilly in Sotheby’s Important Jewels live auction in New York.  In the face of a global pandemic creating uncertainty with many small businesses who depend on international trade for expansion, the inclusion of two of Nigel O’Reilly’s pieces in the renowned auction house’s October sale marks a progressive step forward towards ‘the new normal’ for private business in Ireland.  Hailing from and working in Mayo, Nigel has

Flexibility, Creativity & Productivity: The New Industry Model for Working

In 1926, Henry Ford introduced the 8-hour working day, now not-so-lovingly colloquialised as ‘the 9-5’. Back then, this revolution changed the way people lived- from working 10-16 hours a day, 6 days a week, to what reformist Robert Owen formulated as “eight hours labour, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest” .  The dramatic decrease in hours actually led to higher productivity, and consequently higher profit margins. This model has reigned supreme for almost a century, but now people are now beginning to question whether it’s time to rethink working patterns once again. The Swedish famously trialled a 6-hour workday, in

Luxury Institute: The Highly Profitable Journey From Privileged Access To Advanced Personalization

After a long, competitive decade, luxury goods and services brands, their agencies and consultants have finally mastered the rules of the digital marketing game; just in time for the game to change. Pandemics inspire reality checks of major proportions. The reality is that for years, luxury goods and services brands have been playing a digital marketing game that serves the best interests of digital tech platforms and their proxies while violating the privacy and best economic interests of their customers, society, and shareholders writes the Luxury Institute. As demonstrated by the economics of dismally low ad-click and conversion rates, especially

Objet d’Emotion x Ecru launch Jewellery Memory Game

Valery Demure, Founder of Objet d’Emotion, is proud to present the ‘Lady of the Rings” Memory Game, in collaboration with Nur Kaoukjhi, Creative Director of Ecru. With the challenges 2020 presents, we’ve learnt to adjust to a slower pace and enjoy simple pleasures. Spending time with her daughter Paloma reminded Valery of her own childhood, playing memory games with her grandmother Marie-Louise. Valery has travelled extensively, India being one of her favourite places, Jaipur connecting with her more intimately due to its jewellery history. As well as the beauty she admired, she also witnessed the obstacles the communities are facing

Read our Lips: Aisha Baker’s Follow up Collection will get People ‘Talkin’ Talk’

Jewellery brand Aisha Baker, which launched in 2017 turned heads with its fairy-tale themed wearable art jewellery. Worn by the likes of Ellie Goulding, the ‘Mirror, Mirror’ collection dealt with fairy tales through a rainbow of technicolour. The elaborate masterpieces were a love-letter to the stories we heard in our youth, of princesses, castles in the sky and love at first sight.  “Once upon a time, we were told that fairy tales were real. That wardrobes were portals and at the end of a long sleep, someone charming and handsome would be there to save us. With nothing but our

Mummy’s Star pendant created created to mark special mum’s life

A jewellery designer has created a very special 'Mummy’s Star' pendant in memory of her late sister-in-law, who passed away with stage 4 breast cancer in April this year. Sian Hughes, whose sister-in-law Emily Hughes was diagnosed with breast cancer in pregnancy, is donating all of the profits of each bespoke, hand-crafted piece to Mummy’s Star. Sian, who has been designing and creating contemporary jewellery for 15 years, said: “I wanted to thank Mummy’s Star for the much-needed practical and emotional support they gave to my family during a very difficult time. “The star in the design is a direct

Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery at Dovecot Studios Edinburgh

Dovecot Studios Edinburgh host Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery  22 August - 12 September 2020 Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh is hosting two new exhibitions this August featuring the very best of contemporary jewellery and Scottish textiles, alongside world-famous tapestries and the mid-century designs of Mary Quant, Terence Conran, Laura Ashley, and Eduardo Paolozzi. From Friday 7 August, Dovecot Studios will fully reopen the world-famous tapestry studio to visitors for the first time since lockdown. Visitors have the opportunity to see Dovecot weavers at work on both rugs and tapestries in the award-winning building. Opening Saturday 22 August, Dazzle will present

GSA Silversmithing and Jewellery students unveil lockdown collections

Final year Silversmithing & Jewellery graduating students at The Glasgow School of Art have unveiled collections conceived and made during lockdown in Graduate Showcase 2021. They are among over 500 graduating students from the acclaimed art school to be showing work on the specially-designed digital platform. For many of the young designers the time of isolation and their lockdown locations have created the starting point for the creative process, with re-engagement with nature emerging as a major theme Ellen Kynoch’s  Intangible Mass  explores themes of isolation, emotional decay, and the fragility of our minds during a long period of quarantine,

Herbert Hofmann Prize 2020

The International Craft Fair in Munich, planned from March 11th to 15th, was unfortunately cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus. Nevertheless, for the 47th time the coveted Herbert Hofmann Prize of the SCHMUCK special show was awarded to three goldsmiths and jewellery designers writes Ilaria Ruggiero. The jury, consisting of Prof. Otto Künzli from Munich, Prof. Jantje Fleischhut from Düsseldorf, Dr. Gert Bruckner from the Danner Foundation Munich and Dr. Sabine Runde from Frankfurt, met virtually on Friday, March 13, 2020 to select the three award winners: Melanie Isverding and Katrin Feulner from Germany and Carla Nuis from the

LOEWE Craft Prize 2020

Call for Applications: LOEWE Craft Prize 2020 About the Prize The LOEWE Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time. All Entries Should fall within an area of applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass,

Benchpeg enjoys a lockdown chat with Maria Spanou

Continuing our lockdown need for conversation, we chat to long time friend and industry colleague Maria Spanou. Maria is a jewellery industry professional who is ex Central St Martins trained, has a history in finance, project management, jewellery communications, the jewellery retail space and is also a jewellery designer who works to commission. She is an excellent networker and all round good egg. We chat about lockdown, current work coping strategies and making plans for the future… [youtube url=http://youtu.be/x8xt-sRH_oY] Author:  Published: 

As Above, So Below at Gallery S O

So Above, So Below: Kathleen Reilly 5 April – 26 May 2019 Gallery S O, London "It hits my nose before I think to notice. Brace." Gallery S O is very pleased to announce a solo-exhibition by Scottish artist and metalworker Kathleen Reilly. She presents an installation of new and existing work. The exhibition will include for the first-time a series of Reilly’s poetic writings following the theme of As Above, So Below. With this new exhibition, the audience is invited to draw parallels between her writings and the tangible outcomes, creating contemplative and subtle connections between these two facets of

A Stroke of Genius- Becca Macdonald’s Brushstroke Collection takes Wearable Art Literally

At IJL this year, Kickstart winner Becca Macdonald captured our imaginations with her ‘Brushstroke’ collection, charmingly displayed on a canvas. Propped up by an easel, solid silver paint strokes danced fluidly over the rough grain, capturing perfectly the texture of an artist’s brush stroke, evidence of a person that is, or once was. Their passions; their movements; their talents.  Becca specialises in capturing the 'evidence of presence', a concept that has fascinated her for some time. The designer says: “I want to grasp the untouchable. I love the idea of capturing a fleeting moment and preserving the beauty in that

Tomasz Donocik launches long awaited bridal collection

Tomasz Donocik has launched a new deco inspirec bridal collection which captures the streamlined elegance of his previous collections, inspired by the change of the early twentieth century and the modernity of the Art Deco movement. Tomasz deconstructs his favourite aspects of Deco designs and then combines influences of the period which exudes his distinctive sensibility and captivating take that today’s bride-to-be desires. Geometric lines of the architecture of that time—the zig zag shapes evocative of the Chrysler building in New York City and the sleekness of the new modes of transportation of the time are thoughtfully mixed with the

Annoushka Launches new Lovelock & Lovelink designs

“The ‘lock’ has been celebrated throughout history, in the world of punk rock as much as in the realms of religion. For me, its symbolism of security and strength has a particular resonance, at a time when the world seeks both”  -  Annoushka Ducas MBE The five new Lovelock designs have each been exquisitely crafted in 18ct gold and set with precious gemstones.  Each one depicts a different talismanic symbol; The Bee, an icon of endurance and community, The Eye, to keep the wearer safe, The Star, a decorative symbol of guidance, and The Heart, our universal symbol of love.

How are you? A little note from us to you

Hello How  are  you? We’ve missed you. You may have been wondering where we have been. Like all of us, Benchpeg has had to acclimatise to a ‘new normal’ and this has taken some time. We’ve had to weather a few storms before but this global pandemic is something none of us have experienced in our lifetimes. For Benchpeg, this has meant a number of personal and professional issues including the hospitalisation of one of our children with a Covid-19 scare, who is thankfully fine now. Unfortunately, this meant putting Benchpeg on hold temporarily while we hunkered down and dealt

News Edit: 22nd November 2020

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Scottish jewellery to make exhibition appearance – Scottish Business News Deadline News: For the first ever time, work by six jewellery designers working in Scotland are to be included in this year’s New York City Jewellery Week (NYCJW). deadlinenews.co.uk Fenton: The independent jewellery company which planned for Brexit from the start Real Business: Real Business talks to Jerome Brustlein, COO of Fenton, about how the independent jewellery company is navigating Brexit for a smooth transition. realbusiness.co.uk 21 of the best jewellery gifts to buy this Christmas Stylist: Christmas

Benchpeg goes all chatty

As part of lockdown, we thought we'd have a call with an old friend, Fei Liu. The world is slightly different these days, and keeping in touch is all important. We called Fei Liu, Creative Director and Founder of Fei Liu, for one of our regular catch ups, but this time we recorded it to share. Fei and Benchpeg's Rebecca first met back in 1998, in fact, they were the first classmates to meet on the Jewellery and Silversmithing BA Hons course at Birmingham's School of Jewellery. The best of friends, Fei was the bride's gentleman (as the Vicar called [youtube

Shapeshifter: The Multiverse of Wallace Chan

Shapeshifter: The Multiverse of Wallace Chan Asia House, London 14 -17 September 2019 Renowned jewellery artist and innovator, Wallace Chan, will be presenting his first solo show in London, Shapeshifter: The Multiverse of Wallace Chan, at Asia House from 14-17 September 2019. It is Wallace Chan's first-ever solo exhibition in London, and the last in a series of three international exhibitions, following presentations at Crosby Street Hotel, New York in November 2018 and Christie’s Gallery Hong Kong in January 2019. It is also the first time that The Wallace Chan Porcelain will be introduced to art lovers and connoisseurs in

Wallace Chan to present first-ever solo exhibition in London

Renowned jewellery artist and innovator, Wallace Chan, will be presenting his first solo show in London, Shapeshifter: The Multiverse of Wallace Chan, at Asia House from 14-17 September 2019. Hera Brooch and Ring It is Wallace Chan's first-ever solo exhibition in London, and the last in a series of three international exhibitions, following presentations at Crosby Street Hotel, New York in November 2018 and Christie’s Gallery Hong Kong in January 2019. It is also the first time that The Wallace Chan Porcelain will be introduced to art lovers and connoisseurs in London. The exhibition will feature 20 jewellery pieces realised

#UnityInIsolation - A Virtual Exhibition - Needs You!

It was announced yesterday that the UK’s lockdown period is to be extended for a further three weeks. Whilst this undoubtedly comes as a disappointing blow to many, we all understand why it is necessary. However, small glimmers of prosperity are lighting the way through the mundanity of staying home, like small green shoots growing through cracks in concrete. For many, its been a time of renewed creativity and sense of community. The project we introduce you to today is at the cornerstone of both. Like it or loathe it, social media has been instrumental in connecting us whilst we cannot

CityLit Showcase 2019

CityLit Fine Jewellery Showcase 2019 10th - 14th September 2019 67a York Street Marylebone, London W1H 1QB CityLit runs a one year, part time, fine jewellery course, which culminates in an end of year showcase. Are you a collector of jewellery or looking to spoil someone special soon? If the answer is yes then make sure you add these dates to your diary! Featuring work from 12 emerging jewellery designers and makers, the culmination of a year of study on the CityLit Fine Jewellery course. CityLit offers short and long course in jewellery design and making; beginner to professional development, day, evening

Are you making the most out of social media for your business? You could earn twice as much on the average order through Pinterest, over Facebook, new study suggests

Marketing yourself and your business can be tricky, and time consuming. The truth is no one knows your audience like you. However, if you're looking for new ways to shake up your strategy, a new study by Nosto may shed some light on new avenues for success.  The study uncovers the true value of Pinterest and Instagram, showing that whilst they may not provide volume in term of traffic (compared to the liked of Facebook), they might encourage customers to spend more per order. While they drive relatively small amounts of traffic, Pinterest and Instagram deliver the highest average order values

Fair Luxury calls for jewellers to join the fashion revolution, letting customers know who made their jewellery

It’s said we are the first generation that knows that we are killing the planet, and fast fashion has been amongst one of the biggest targets of criticism. This new era of awareness couldn’t be more apparent- with activist group Extinction Rebellion hosting rallies in cities over the world in the last few days.  At a time where sustainability accounts for a key fashion trend and internet searches for ‘sustainable fashion’ have almost doubled since last year; Fair Luxury looks to the jewellery industry, as a caveat of the fashion trade, to take action and show solidarity for planet Earth. Fashion

Funded Residencies - Cove Park

Funded Residencies - Cove Park Cove Park offers funded residencies throughout the year. These opportunities are awarded following an open call and application process, or via nomination and direct invitation. Residents are given the time, space, freedom and financial support to concentrate upon the development of their own work. This programme supports those wishing to focus upon specific projects and those aiming to develop new ideas without the demands of deadlines or public presentation. This is enhanced through a series of events designed to promote discussion between all the artists on residency.  Residents receive a fee, private and self-catering accommodation,

Vicenzaoro Hosts Industry's First Ever Hackathon

An earring able to call the police when in danger. A bracelet that warms up thanks to solar energy. A ring that staves off skin problems. A bracelet that explains Italy’s cultural heritage. An accessory able to exploit time. These were the best ideas to come out of the jewellery industry's first hackathon at this year's Vicenzaoro. Vicenzaoro January, staged the first edition of  The Gold Run , the jewellery technology hackathon for more than 60,000 students and researchers, devised in collaboration with Padua University within the context of T.Gold. The Gold Run opened Vicenzaoro to fusion with the world of research, [youtube

Ananya Releases 'Mogra' Collection, inspired by the Jasmine Blossom

Jasmine is the national flower of no less than six countries. Renowned for it's symbolism in culture and religion, the jasmine blossom is a emblem of unity and divine hope; especially throughout India.  Often conceptually rooted in Indian spirituality, it's no surprise then that Ananya's new collection explores and honours the humble jasmine blossom. The woman behind the eponymous brand spent time in workshops all over India, studying indigenous jewellery making traditions, and  collaborated with one of India’s leading jewellery houses, Amrapali. Continuing her exploration of jewels and gemmology with a GG at the GIA, it's easy to see these

Cockpit Arts Open Studios 2019 - Deptford

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2019 - Deptford 18-22 Creekside London, SE8 3DZ 21 - 23 June 2019 Cockpit Arts is open over two weekends for a midsummer celebration; visit for a glimpse behind the studio doors and a chance to buy direct from London’s best independent makers, alongside demonstrations, workshops and a secret postcard sale. Meet over 140 different craftspeople during the two weekend openings at Cockpit Arts’ studios; located in Holborn, at the heart of Bloomsbury and in the creative South East London neighbourhood of Deptford. Open Studios is the only time Cockpit Arts is open to the public, making

News Edit: 7 July 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The Most Exquisite Jewellery To See At Masterpiece London 2019 Is jewellery an ornament or an art form? www.vogue.co.uk The most spectacular High Jewellery from Paris Haute Couture Week www.telegraph.co.uk Gucci's Next Target: Place Vendôme BoF: Major fashion brands see growing opportunity in the high-stakes business of haute joaillerie. www.businessoffashion.com High jewellery is being embraced as an art form worthy of public adoration - and it's about time The Telegraph: It’s not just me; jewellery is making headlines more and more these days. www.telegraph.co.uk Dior celebrates 20 years of fine

An ode to Sophie Harley's new characterful collections

The first time I saw a piece of Sophie Harley jewellery in person, I was captivated. The award-winning, British designer creates the kind of jewellery most of us dreamt of as young girls.  The kind of jewellery that once adorned our Barbie doll’s necks, formed stiffly from bulky plastic, heavily featuring swirls and love hearts, now cast into precious metals and set with sharply cut, radiant gemstones. Analise necklace and Venitian Wing & Amethyst Heart Drop earrings from the Brilliana Collection The Sophie Harley brand is striking; it remains true to itself whilst other brands may opt to lean towards

Fabergé's Life in Colour campaign and Edible Easter Egg Experience

April is a busy month for Fabergé, as we begin to reach the Easter period, a time which is particularly special to the House of Fabergé. As well as launching their beautiful new campaign 'A Life in Colour', they have partnered with The Ritz London to create a luxurious edible experience. The new Spring campaign was shot by gem photographer Casey Moore, at Gemfields' ruby auction in Singapore. The campaign is centred around Gemfields' stunning uncut gemstones, in their raw, natural state, and the beauty of coloured gemstones responsibly sourced from Gemfields’ mines in Zambia and Mozambique.and the beauty of coloured

Fair-trade jewellers get together at London Fashion week to show that fashion can be fair

This coming Monday and Tuesday marks a pivotal moment in London Fashion week history: for the first time ever, four of the leading ethical jewellers will come together to prove that fair fashion, without comprimise, can be (and should be) achieved.  From an exclusive location in Old Bond Street, adjecent to the main-catwalk, the four renowned designers will showcase their collections to celebrities, industry experts and the public alike. This, coming after the BOF State of Fashion report prophecised that ''For fashion players, 2019 will be a year of awakening. The ones who will succeed will have to come to

LOEWE Craft Prize 2019

Call for Applications: LOEWE Craft Prize 2nd edition About the Prize The LOEWE Craft Prize seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time. Key Dates 20 June 2018:  Entry site opens to submit works 31 Oct. 2018:  Submissions close 31 Jan. 2019:  Shortlist of

Deborah Tseng releases monochrome 'White' collection

In a colourful world, this quiet white jewellery is a rare island for a peaceful mind. Deborah Tseng Jewellery combines two historical crafts to make porcelain jewellery with layers of beauty and meaning. Artist Deborah Tseng established her eponymous jewellery brand in London, after graduating from a masters degree in jewellery Silversmithing and related products from Birmingham City University School of Jewellery. However, prior to this Tseng lived and Taiwan, where she was trained extensively in metalwork.  Her diverse skillset and honed craftsmanship can be seen in her work. She finds her inspiration in repetition, transformation, time and the minutiae of the

Jewellery: Wearable Glass at Studio Fusion

Jewellery: Wearable Glass In collaboration with the National Glass Centre. 'Jewellery: Wearable Glass’, a concept realised by the National Glass Centre aims to change the approach and perception of both audiences and artists to the amazing potential of glass as a wearable material. Eight jewellers were each mentored by one of 4 artists with different specialisms in the art of making and forming glass. The jewellers were given 10 days of studio time to collaborate, experiment and develop new forms of jewellery.  The results are truly unique and exciting pieces that show how collaboration between artists in different disciplines can

Endangered Crafts Award 2019

Call for Applications: Endangered Crafts Award 2019 The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) is offering an award of £1,000 for a proposal to help secure the survival of an endangered craft.   The Endangered Crafts Award, which is funded by the Marsh Christian Trust, is to recognise a practitioner of one of the 62 crafts currently listed in the Critically Endangered or Endangered categories of the HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts. The award was made for the first time in 2018 to Steve Tomlin (SteveTomlinCrafts.co.uk), a spoon carver, ash basketmaker and scything tutor. Steve applied to learn to make Devon stave

Liberty Open Call 2018

Liberty Open Call 2018 Liberty London is on the lookout for the next big talent, offering artists, creators and designers a chance to have their own unique artwork immortalised in iconic Liberty Fabric, simply by uploading a photo to Instagram using the hashtag #LibertyOpenCall This year’s #LibertyOpenCall prize also puts the winners at the centre of the creative journey, including time spent developing the artwork alongside the Liberty London Design Team, as well as a trip to Liberty London’s fabric mill in Italy, where they will watch as the winning fabrics are printed. With a heritage of art and design

Step into super natural delights

When you think of fall and the beginnings of autumn delights, what immediately springs to mind? Leaves! As the world continues to turn, marking the arrival of a fresh new beginning and season, jewellery designers have taken inspiration from the earthy wonders of our world. Ethereal leaves, natural structures, organic shapes and deep, fiery gold figured heavily in the arrival of fall/winter 2018-2019 jewellery trends. The arrival of super natural pieces swathed in deep tones and swirls of gold, crystal and pearl radiate a whimsical, delicate, elusive and enigmatic look just in time for September. The fall fashion runways showcased

Sixteen of the World’s Best Emerging Fashion Designers to Exhibit in London at the International Fashion Showcase 2019

The International Fashion Showcase (IFS) nurtures and presents work from the best up-and-coming fashion talent from around the world. The biennial fashion presentation is a partnership between the British Council, British Fashion Council, London College of Fashion, UAL and Somerset House. For London Fashion Week this February, the showcase has a new format. For the first time, 16 selected designers from across the globe will showcase a series of compelling installations to represent their respective country. The designers will explore politics, sustainability, identity and heritage and show their latest designs in immersive environments. The 16 countries represented are: Bangladesh, Brazil,

Baby, it's Icy Outside!

With Halloween now a cobweb of the past, Guy Fawkes night over with a bang and remembrance Sunday beautifully celebrated across the country, it's that time of year where the festive cheer begins to roar loud for all to hear! Oh yes. The Christmas period is now upon us! With festivities, drinks and delectable soirees cropping up amongst our busy schedules, it's the perfect excuse to jazz up your look so that you sparkle just as much as the decorations around you! Get yourself mistletoe-ready and stand out for all the good reasons this season with some of our favourite sleek and

FREE Jewellery Production 1 Course

FREE Jewellery Production 1 (Jewellery P1) Professional Development Course Jewellery P1 is designed to support small jewellery businesses and Designer Makers looking to increase their productivity and profitability. Taking place on 27th and 28th June, this two-day intensive course will cover a range of topics designed to provide businesses with the knowledge and tools to help increase profitability, maximise time and attract new customers; exploring some of the ways in which they can extract more value from their business, without diluting their brand. Eligibility criteria: All businesses must be operating in a London Borough All businesses must have been operating

Making Impact - Ethical Jewellery Conference

Making Impact - Ethical Conference Presented by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Fair Luxury Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh 3 April 2019 The Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Fair Luxury are partnering once again – this time for Making Impact – a conference for jewellers and silversmiths to explore how the  UN Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs) relate to jewellery and metalwork practice in the UK. More and more businesses are using the SDGs to help them prioritise and communicate areas for social, environmental and economic impact and we will be looking at how they can become a set of tools to

App-ccessories: The Rise of Wearable Tech

Humans have adorned themselves in jewels, metal mixes and delicately embellished accessories for tens of thousands of years. But for what reason? The answer quite simply put is because jewellery looks pretty. Bejewelled adornments, up until now, has had a limited repertoire of functionality. The mirage of glistening and sparkling rings we flash upon our fingers may well tell us the status of our relationship whilst that watch on your wrist tells you the time of day but aside from this, they provide very little purpose. In most circumstances, the jewellery we wear is purely to add a little charm,

The jewel and the experience of the skin: Maria Ignacia Walker

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Magical Farnese blue diamond expected to fetch £5m

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Noordeman and Wright: Audiowear

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Crayola Colour Crush

The month of April is now upon us which makes it just the right time to get our new-season wish-lists  brimming with the trend-train must-haves! With the international fashion weeks done and dusted, we've done our trends research for the upcoming months and there's only two words for it: Colour. Explosion. With the politics and news of the world in a permanent state of gloom and malaise, the creative designers of 2018 have taken action to whip away the dullness with a kaleidoscopic dive into Crayola rainbow colours. Nothing short of uplifting, inspiriting and energising, the underlying message from S/S

Vanilla Ink Open Day

Vanilla Ink Open Day Glasgow, Scotland 10 - 11 April 2019 Vanilla Ink is throwing open its doors to give you a chance to have a good nosey and find out all about the Jewellery School in the West End of Glasgow. Ever wondered what it is we do and all the things we offer, or simply after some tool porn? For the first time since we moved in to our West End location, Vanilla Ink is having an Open Day(s) and welcoming you in to have a wander. This will be a chance for you to come and have

Appointment: Michel Loris-Melikoff New Baselworld Managing Director

The longstanding Managing Director of Baselworld, Sylvie Ritter, has decided to step down from her position at the MCH Group. Michel Loris-Melikoff, who has until now held the position of Director of MCH Beaulieu Lausanne SA, will succeed her. Sylvie Ritter, Managing Director of Baselworld, has decided to hand over the management of the World Watch and Jewellery Show. " After 26 years with the MCH Group – 15 of which were as Managing Director of Baselworld – it's time for me to start something new and take on new challenges" , said Sylvie Ritter in explaining her decision. She

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In another victory for the battle for responsible design, Karen Westland's Fairmined Silver Vessel was exhibited as part of Collect 2019, at the Saatchi Gallery, London. This marks the first time a luxury item of silverware, with such high ethical standards, had been showcased at the international art fair for modern craft and design. Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold and silver from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations who meet world leading standards for responsible practices. A Fairmined licensee since 2017, Westland worked closely with suppliers to design a silver item which best utilised the Fairmined

Goldsmiths' Fair shows at international craft event Collect

The Goldsmiths’ Company took their flagship event, the Goldsmiths’ Fair, to the international craft event hosted by the Crafts Council, Collect, which enjoyed an international representation of craft galleries, boutiques and high end craft organisations, opening up craft to new audiences .Collect marketed as ‘The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects’ was held at Saatchi Gallery in exclusive Chelsea, London over the last few days. The Goldsmiths’ Company’s flagship event, under the control of Director David Mills, brouth the Fai to the event for the first time, and featured a selection of makers from the 2017 show, which included Emmeline

Leverhulme Trust International Academic Fellowships

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Jewellery & Watch 2019

Jewellery & Watch 2019 3 - 7 February 2019  NEC, Birmingham Jewellery & Watch will make a confident return to the NEC, Birmingham on February 3, welcoming new brands and retuning exhibitors for five days of buying, networking and seminar content.  Businesses hailing from 15 countries will present their collections and services across six show sectors: Bridal & Fine Jewellery, Silver & Semi Precious Jewellery, Jewellery Designers, Costume & Fashion, Watches and Retail Services & Solutions.  For exhibitors joining Jewellery & Watch for the first time in 2019, the show offers convenient access to the UK market at a strategic

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Amberif Design Award 2018

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West Dean College Open Days 2017

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The Clerkenwell based contemporary jewellery academy K² Academy of Contemporary Jewellery, founded by jewellery artists Kelvin J Birk and Katrin Spranger have told about how excited and thrilled they are at an upcoming collaboration with fellow jewellery artist Christoph Zellweger. Zellweger will be leading an exclusive 4 ½ day workshop in London for the first time at the K² Academy, coming to London especially for the event in August. The collaboration between Zellweger and the Academy is a perfect match, as the Academy focuses on a conceptual, free-thinking approach to jewellery design underpinned by rigorous technical training. Something which internationally

Stylish Aromatherapy at your fingertips

With a world focused on revolutionising health, wellbeing and lifestyle antidotes, it was only a matter of time before our strive for balanced health was intermingled with the jewels we wear. Carefully designed to enjoy the benefits of wellbeing remedies whilst still remaining sleek, chic and elegant, aromatherapy jewellery is taking the spotlight in innovative creativity. Niche Jewellery designers are tapping into the growing trend of therapeutic jewellery that combines the healing properties of gemstones and essential oils. It is thought that elements from nature can help realign our vibrational energies to help aid healing of health, chakras and energy

Wiener Schmucktage 2018 International Festival of Contemporary Jewellery in Vienna

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Seasons greetings everyone! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and as Andy Williams so tunefully sung, 'It's the most wonderful time of the year'! Tracking down that perfect gift to jingle the silver bells of that special someone can end up feeling more like a trek through ice than a gliding sledge ride through the snow. Chill out and put your feet up - we've put on our Christmas elf boots and have scoured the festive collections to bring you the sparkling stars of the Jewellery Christmas tree - guaranteed to inject a touch of merriment to even

Appointment: Julie Driscoll announced Managing Director, Pure London

Pure London, the fashion buying trade show, has announced the appointment of Julie Driscoll as Managing Director with immediate effect. Previously the show’s Portfolio Director, Julie’s promotion to Managing Director will drive a host of exciting changes and new launches for the February show, taking place from the 11th – 13th February 2018. Julie Driscoll said of the appointment: “It is a very exciting time in the evolution of Pure London and I’m looking forward to working with our fantastic team, our partners, suppliers and exhibitors to continue to improve on  what we offer, making Pure London truly unmissable. Our AW18/19 manifesto sets

Present & Collect 2017

Present & Collect 2017 This November, Contemporary Applied Arts, home to works from Britain’s leading craftspeople, will launch Present & Collect, their annual seasonal selling exhibition. It will offer a range of meaningful gifts at accessible price points, as well as high-value collectors’ pieces. This curated selection is imbued with skill, innovation and tradition. From the decorative to the functional and wearable, in a range of diverse materials from clay to precious gemstones, each handmade object is a one off. As the leading authority on high-end British craft, CAA is a trusted resource for collectors and first time buyers alike.

Appointments: Julie Driscoll announced Managing Director, Pure London

Pure London, the fashion buying trade show, has announced the appointment of Julie Driscoll as Managing Director with immediate effect. Previously the show’s Portfolio Director, Julie’s promotion to Managing Director will drive a host of exciting changes and new launches for the February show, taking place from the 11th – 13th February 2018. Julie Driscoll said of the appointment: “It is a very exciting time in the evolution of Pure London and I’m looking forward to working with our fantastic team, our partners, suppliers and exhibitors to continue to improve on  what we offer, making Pure London truly unmissable. Our AW18/19 manifesto sets

Brighton MA Graduate creates jewellery collection from landfill

Harriet Laurence, a recent graduate of the MA Craft degree at the University of Brighton will present her range of recycled polymer jewellery in a first-time partnership exhibition with Hove Museum and Art gallery, which will run from the 15th September - 6th November 2018.  Created in collaboration with Weez & Merl Ltd, a local polymer recycling studio, Harriet’s three statement necklaces are handcrafted from 3.9kgs of waste plastic diverted from landfill. The range explores how jewellery design can play an active role in responsible, sustainable material use and challenge the perceived hierarchy of materials. www.harrietfrench.co.uk www.weezandmerl.com Author:  Published: 

1 Year Contemporary Jewellery Course at City Lit with Elizabeth Bone

1 Year Contemporary Jewellery Course at City Lit with Elizabeth Bone 17 January 2019 - 21 November 2019  Delve into the world of contemporary jewellery and develop your skills in drawing, design, critical thinking and technical skills. This rigorous, multi-disciplinary, certificated, level two equivalent year long course is suitable for intermediate to  advanced jewellers. Get to grips with a series of practical projects which will culminate in an end of year public exhibition.  Course Dates 17 January 2019 - 21 November 2019  Time 10:30 - 16:30  Location Keeley Street  Tutor Elizabeth Bone For more information www.citylit.ac.uk/courses What is the course

Appointment: Edward Johnson Joins The Responsible Jewellery Council As Director Of Business Development

Edward Johnson joins the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) as Director of Business Development to expand its expertise and drive growth for the organisation, strengthening its influence and reputation across the jewellery industry. Edward joins the team at the RJC from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) where he worked to establish GIA’s presence in the UK and further expand it across Europe from 2015 as Director of Business Development. He brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to his new role at the RJC. Prior to his time with GIA, Edward, a Graduate Gemologist, ran an independent jewellery appraisal company

Alighieri set to grow brand after landing first NEWGEN award

British jeweller Alighieri has become the first jeweller to receive NEWGEN support from the British Fashion Council under the restructured sponsorship scheme. For the first time in 25 years, jewellery and fine jewellery have been incorporated into the annual womenswear and menswear designers awards as part of a new Accessories category, comprising also shoes, bags and hats.  Jewellery and millinery awards were previously made under the BFC’s Rock Vault and Headonism initiatives but as of 2018, these will cease to exist as the BFC seeks to group all Britain’s emerging talent across all designer fashion sectors into one category.  Previous

The Bristol Artisan at Royal West of England Academy

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Valentine's Gift Guide: Sparkle with Love

It's that time of year again when February 14th is looming at large and the pressures of presenting delicate gifts of grandeur are heavy in the air. As one of the most romantic days of the calendar year, Valentine's Day has become a day dedicated to showing appreciation, dedication and true affection to the one you love. If you're seeking a gift of love that speaks louder than a box of praline chocolates and lasts longer than a bunch of dozen red roses then steer your attention to a gift that's larger than life. Life is precious, delicate and infinitely

Rolls Royce "Cullinan" and Wagner Preziosen

Wagner Preziosen the Berlin based jewellery house was recently selected to partner with Rolls Royce in an exclusive photoshoot for the new Rolls Royce Magazine. The new SUV "Cullinan" will be launched this autumn and at the same time the new Rolls Royce Magazine will be released, and the article featuring exclusive jewellery marries the luxury brand and its new accompanying publication. With a feminine accent, Rolls Royce wanted to include a piece of jewellery for the photoshoot which was of high quality, classical but also novel, chic and modern. The Wagner Preziosen ‘Rainbow Paisley’ was the successfully selected piece

Golden Fever for New Season Refinement

Simplistic. Elegant, Timeless. Classic yellow gold is making a comeback within a new wave of modernist jewellery design, making it the perfect accessory for adding a touch of complimentary refinement to the new season.  What comes to mind when someone mentions gold accessories is times-past bandwagon of big, bold and unashamedly in your face.  Fast forward to 2018 and the hustle-bustle of life makes for no down-time so jewellery that works for day-to night ease and wearability is top of our priorities. Yellow gold has undergone a sleek new makeover with the mood of pared-down delicacy sweeping brash and loud

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This month award winning jeweller, UK Jewellery Designer of the year 1999, Diana Porter is celebrating her 25 th  year as a designer maker. To mark this special anniversary, she is launching a range of new Sibyls to add to her popular original collection. Diana focused her time at college on inequality within the arts. She researched ancient images of strong women and these stylised women pendants, which she called Sibyls developed from this. Her degree work was about women and empowerment and she designed the Sibyls with words to give the wearer something positive to focus on.  The 21

Designer Jewellers Group Christmas Pop-Up

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WB The Creative Jewellery boss extols 'right fit' Heimerle & Meule deal

The acquisition of Birmingham-based WB The Creative Jewellery Group by German group Heimerle & Meule represents an ‘absolutely right fit’ according to managing director Andrew Morton and will give added security for the futures of around 180 staff. Andrew Morton - WB The Creative Group Managing Director The process of selling WB The Creative Jewellery Group, which owns Domino, Gecko and Weston Beamor to the 173 year-old Heimerle & Meule, one of Europe’s largest precious metal suppliers, started in 2016 when owners Viv and Patrick Fuller decided the time had come to think about retiring. It had been established by

Evgeniia Balashova to Showcase Collection of Unique 3D Printed Jewellery at Sieraad Art Fair

Contemporary jewellery designer and maker Evgeniia Balashova will present a collection of striking 3d printed and precious metal jewellery during the 17th edition of Sieraad Art Fair, taking place in Amsterdam 8-11 November. Evgeniia’s intriguing designs combine 3D printing technology and traditional jewellery techniques as a means of exploring the theme of balance between chaos and order.  Evgeniia’s works have previously been exhibited in the UK and internationally and this year will be shown at Sieraad Art Fair for the first time. Her innovative approach to making pushes the possibilities of 3d printed nylon - each piece is a careful

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Award-winning British fine jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint will showcase an extensive collection of new diamond jewellery pieces at IJL 2018 . The main focus will appeal to retailers looking for high-quality, British-made bridal jewellery, with a new range that includes 36 single-stone engagement ring designs, as well as a large selection of multi-stone diamond rings, pendants and earrings. For the first time, the show will also see Hockley Mint offer pieces from its Mari Me bridal collection available to order as mounts. These award-winning designs in Hockley Mint’s first fully branded bridal collection have previously only been available to retailers

Healthy outlook for Goldsmiths Fair 2017

The enterprising ​organisers of this year’s Goldsmith Fair have pulled out all the stops to make sure Britain’s most successful designers of precious metal jewellery and contemporary silver have been given the strongest platform possible to promote and develop their trades. There is no shortage of shine and shimmer from the moment you enter the opulent Goldsmith’s Hall and the immediate impression is inevitably one of wealth and success. Gold leaf on the ceilings, champagne in the bars and the finest silver flashing luxuriously across display cabinets. Only time will tell whether all that glitters turns out to be gold but

FREE Jewellery Production 1 Course

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CRAFT A/W18

Call for Applications: CRAFT A/W18 Applications to exhibit at the UK’s biggest trade showcase of its type have already arrived in their hundreds, from makers and groups across a broad range of disciplines. With over 40 confirmed makers, the 8th edition of CRAFT at Top Drawer has been expanded and the deadline extended to enable more makers to join this highly successful event. CRAFT introduces UK and international retailers to a world of high quality, handmade products at Top Drawer this September. Filling a gap in the UK market at this key buying time, leading makers will have the opportunity

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Internationally recognised for their authentic, mindful jewellery and drive to innovate, leading Icelandic jeweller Aurum by Guðbjörg are introducing an exciting and original new way of working with buyers and retailers.   The new strategy will be implemented for the first time for orders taken at the prestigious IJL at London’s Olympia, 2nd – 4th September 2018. In a novel departure from the traditional retail format, Aurum’s co-founders Guðbjörg Kristín Ingvarsdóttir, goldsmith and designer and CEO Karl Jóhann Jóhannsson’s mission is to simplify the way they work with their resellers in order to get closer to their stockists and cut out

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K2 Jewellery Academy Open Day Wednesday 5th September 12pm - 8pm Our open day will give you the chance to visit K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery, meet the team and gain in–depth information on our jewellery courses and student experience. You will be able to ask questions about the course, see the studio and facilities and get a taste of the creative atmosphere at the centre. Just drop in at any time, no need to book. See you there! Venue Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP Contact T: +44 (0)7450 257 207 or +44 (0)7786 911 724

Swarovski reboots new look Gem Visions for Spring Summer 2019

At a time of radical change in the jewellery world, Swarovski Gemstones, the go to brand for gemstones and created stones, transforms the format and focus of Gem Visions, its industry leading trend and design service. Gem Visions will now be presented twice yearly, each issue with a seasonal slant, so that the first new-look Gem Visions is targeted specifically on Spring/Summer 2019. The dynamically different design, and notebook layout, with a fresh, playful freedom, are intended to ignite innovation, stimulate imagination and capture the essence of the season’s theme: YES TO ALL. In the edition of Gem Visions Swarovski embrace and

Out with the Old, In with the Bold

The slew of super-sleek and sophisticated minimalistic pieces have outshone as the go-to pieces for day-to-day wearing and red carpet soirees. Delicate, dainty and off-duty cool, the days of simple adornment has had its day. Autumn is notoriously a season of change and a perfect chance to revive, refresh and replenish your jewellery box. So it is rather fitting that a new wave of jewellery showstoppers are will be demanding the fashion spotlight. Gone are the days of intricate delicacies as it's time to welcome the big, the bold, the mismatched, the unique and your new jewellery bff's! There's no

Creative Urges 2018

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It's an unusual trend that's been circulating amongst fashion bloggers for some time now without any indication of slowing down. So the jewellery trend in question, becoming a permanent fixture upon our instagram feeds is the usual and obscure outline of faces. Discreet? No. Chic? Yes, yes, yes! It's hard not to be drawn to the artistic, abstract and boldly creative shapes and patterns of this trend. With oversized facial features, blurred uneven lines and imperfect placement of embellishment, the more obscure the design, the better! From earrings, rings to pendants, the fun face trend takes its inspiration from the

Selvedge Fair - Pendle Heritage Centre 2017

For the first time, the Selvedge Fair travels to Pendle in Lancashire, an area that is shaped by textiles. The fair is part of Fabrications, the UK's first festival that celebrates and explores textiles and the textile industry through the eyes of artists. The Selvedge Fair in Pendle will bring together a curated collection of makers and merchants and is an opportunity to meet makers, catch up with friends and find that special something. Visitors can also take part in one of the complimentary workshops, details below. The fair will take place in the 17th century Park Hill Barn at the Pendle Heritage Centre. Set within

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From The Greenhouse @ The Scottish Gallery  The Scottish Gallery presents From The Greenhouse , an exhibition curated by Millie Behrens celebrating, for the first time collectively and in Scotland, three Norwegian jewellers all inspired by botany and the natural world. Millie, Ingjerd and Åse-Marit are extremely grateful to Norwegian Crafts for the funding that has helped to make this exhibition possible.  Knowing each other since the eighties through Art College and various other means, Millie, Ingjerd and Åse-Marit all realised they had a similar interest in botany and the natural world, leading them each to design and create contemporary

‘Masterpiece’ Stolen From Master Silversmith

Wayne Meeten has described himself as “totally devastated” at the loss of his prize winning Mokume Gane silverware piece. The piece, a solid silver truffles container, was stolen from his workshop and was stored in a 9” wooden box at the time. The inspiration for the piece came on a trip to the Grand Canyon, which formed the basis of the silverware vessel design. It went on to win the Grand Prize Saul Bell International Craft Award 2011. Tessa Murdoch, Acting Keeper Department of Sculpture Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass at the V&A called the work a “Masterpiece”. The piece of

Learn Hand Engraving with the Hand Engravers Association

Learn Hand Engraving with The Hand Engravers Association The Hand Engravers Association has been running these popular courses for many years and is delighted to announce its first course at the Goldsmiths’ Centre this autumn. Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional jeweller or silversmith looking to diversify your skills - the 'Hand Engraving: Basic Principals' courses are an in depth introduction to the techniques and tools of hand engraving. Taught by award winning tutor Wayne Parrott, the class size is kept to just eight students and run over six evenings so students have time to practice and

Free CAD Workshop in London

Free CAD Workshop in London   Organic modeling tools for Jewellers & Sculptors. Learn some basic computer aided design tools to use in your creative practice and how to send off models to be 3D-printed. Date Saturday 12th August Time 2pm Location Thames Side Studios, SE18 5NR Exact location will be given upon subscription. To Book Please  Subscribe  to attend! Bring you own laptop with a demo of  Rhino  &  T-Splines  installed. For More Information Help and more information will be given upon subscription. www.sebastianpintea.com/courses

IJL Seminar Programme 2017

IJL will introduce five redesigned areas for the 2017 show to bring an even greater array of talks, workshops and one-on-one advice sessions to visitors and exhibitors. The widely visited trade show will host a completely revised and revamped seminar schedule for 2017, bringing back the Inspiration Theatre and Trends Catwalk and introducing DIGIfest, The Academy and Skills Lab for the very first time.  The three-day seminar programme has been carefully tailored to 2016 show feedback, ensuring the questions most commonly asked by jewellery retailers, brands and businesses are answered in style. Topics covered by expert speakers and panels this

Jet Business Network Congress 2017

How do you unlock the value of staff? No business should be an island when we can share experiences to enable us to be more successful. This year’s National Association of Jewellers' Jet Business Network Congress looks at how to unlock the value of your staff. Consisting of, shaping a company’s culture to foster an engaged workforce, coaching and rewarding staff and managing inconsistent performance. The congress attracts NAJ members from all over the UK, and is open to non-members for the first time this year.  This year 6 key speakers have been handpicked to share their experiences and methodologies.

It's All In The Charm

Bright, bold statement pieces have been on top of the trends radar all summer long so it's about time that something new and understated joined the race to become the ' it'  trend of the new season fashion world. Instead of big oversized hoops looping back round as a cliche style for autumn, a dainty obsession for sentimental chains and charms are taking centre stage for all those fashionistas. From vintage treasure chests of charm jewellery passed down through generations to new designer trinkets, the delicately layered jewellery of autumn is steeped in charming nostalgia and folklore symbolism. From graceful

Joanne Haywood: A woman’s work is never done

21 Jewellery works made for 15 trailblazing women. This frieze of jewellery represents the women who have been important to mixed media jeweller Joanne Haywood from childhood to present day and were created over three year period. The project was prompted by an ACJ exhibition in 2014, where Haywood made a neckpiece in honour of Patti Smith, in response to the theme of ICONS. She accumulated a long list of trailblazing women and decided to make further works in honour of each of them and their work. The frieze of jewellery was exhibited for the first time during Made Canary

International Fashion Showcase 2017 Winners Announced

The British Council, British Fashion Council (BFC) and Mercedes-Benz have announced the winners of the International Fashion Showcase, in a prize-giving ceremony at Somerset House, London earlier this week. Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and Chief Critic Vogue Runway, and Bettina Haussmann, Senior Manager Sponsoring and Product Placement Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars, presented  The International Fashion Showcase Designer Award  to Younchan Chung of the-sirius for his impressive design showcased in the Korean installation. For the first time, Mercedes-Benz presented the winning designer with the unique opportunity to showcase their collection at Milan Fashion Week, one of over 50

Nineteen48 and Rubyfair Merge To Create A Better Customer Experience

Two of the UK’s leading suppliers of ethically sourced and traceable coloured gemstones, Nineteen48  and Rubyfair , have announced a merger of their businesses. The merger will give customers a more efficient service and a greater range of coloured gemstones from one unified sales channel.   Nineteen48 specialises in fully traceable coloured gemstones from Sri Lanka: sapphires, aquamarines, garnets, tourmalines, alexandrite, moonstones, topaz, amethyst, spinels plus a range of other gems; whereas Rubyfair offers tanzanite, rub, sapphire and spinel from its mine in Tanzania. “Having been working closely together for some time, we decided that we should officially join forces

Launch of the online-to-offline commerce platform

The launch of  www.watchadvisor.com  presents the first independent platform which connects watch retailers and brands with watch lovers worldwide.  WatchAdvisor  differs essentially from previous watch websites: For the first time ever, the Swiss watch industry has a neutral and cross-brand platform which currently offers detailed information on around 12,000 watch models in the price segment above CHF 2,000. A unique feature is the possibility the users engage directly with official watch retailers who offer the desired watch. In addition to its powerful search engine which can target esthetical and technical features of the watch,  WatchAdvisor  develops algorithms which - depending

Not Just For The Queen: Girl With The Pearls

Not only for the ladies who lunch at Selfridges on a Tuesday, pearls are irrefutably the emerging trend to reign supreme on the fashion runways this fall. Not one to take no for an answer, the pearly presence has always remained in low-level limelight behind the scenes but it seems the time has come to breath a fresh wave of innovative air into the timeless ocean-bread adornment. Long gone are the days of prim, poised and proper with the return of the pearl showcasing new generation inspired design through larger than life iridescent balls married amongst chunky military jackets, sports

Art & Antiques Fair Olympia 2017

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia returns for a 45th year -  Opening with an exclusive Preview day on Monday 26 June and closing on Sunday 2 July.  The Fair is expected to attract around 25,000 visitors with more than 55,000 pieces for sale.  Each object will be individually vetted by independent experts, providing peace of mind for any buyer – whether a first-time visitor or a regular returnee. Known for its diverse offering, the Fair features over 120 dealers, some of whom exclusively choose Olympia to display their pieces for sale in a  seven day only equivalent of a

Trend Tease: Keeping It Cool with Fan-studded Finery

Step outside the box of everyday monotamy for a night of shimmying and swaying in old-deco glitz and allure with something a little etherial, exotic and fanning from afar. The hand fan is a classic artefact that originates far back into prehistoric times, first being a device of practicality in keeping its' wearer cool and keeping fires bright and live with oxygen. As time progressed these very same fans transformed into decorative and ornamental pieces that many carried as an artistic symbolism of class. Embellished representations of these hand fans originate back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and later

Introduction To Micro-Setting

Micro-setting applied to bespoke handmade jewellery can lead to spectacular results. Ideal for beginners, this course with highly experienced tutor Harry Forster-Stringer will help jewellers and stone setters to explore the advantages of micro-setting. Start to understand how to set up a specialist workbench, efficiently use a microscope, install GRS Air Gravers as well as prepare tools for optimum use.  Introduction To Micro-Setting Date: Sat 10 September 2016 Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm, £199   What: Experimental Workshop Venue: The Goldsmiths’ Centre, 42 Britton Street, London. EC1M 5AD www.goldsmiths-centre.org

Ana Thompson Fine Jewellery Launches Macrocosmic Collection

Colombian born jewellery designer Ana Thompson will launch her new jewellery collections; Sedna and Vortex at the international trade show Inhorgenta this February. Her new collections Sedna and Vortex, consisting of a range of rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets, are an exploration into the unseen macrocosmic natural world. They take the wearer on a fascinating journey through the universe, resulting in everlasting collections, which encapsulate fluid movement and represent endless time. Provocatively Ana's designs combine stylized form and structure typical of sculpture with the movement and energy inherent in more organic natural forms.  This combination disrupts the cold austerity of

DRAKENBERG Introduces Birthstones

The Swedish jewellery brand DRAKENBERG creates timeless and minimalistic jewelleries inspired by the Nordic nature. This spring the designer duo wants to give the collection a new touch and are therefore presenting the new collection Birthstones. A collection of stones representing each month of the year. “We’ve been working on this collection for some time now and we feel so proud to finally launch it. It is exiting to try a new material and add some colour in a DRAKENBERG way, with a lot of thoughts behind it”, says Andrea Drakenberg Daléus, Creative Director at Drakenberg. Andrea Drakenberg and Ellen

'Coronet By Reena Ahluwalia’ Collection To Be Unveiled At Baselworld

Following from the success of her first collection titled, 'Inner Brilliance' Reena Ahluwalia is set to unveil her new line 'Coronet By Reena Ahluwalia' at Baselworld. The jewellery collection marks the second step in the designers' partnership. At The Hong Kong September 2016 show, Aaron Shum and Reena revealed a hyperrealistic diamond painting of the Coronet diamond setting which was a custom commission at the time. With great anticipation for this new collaboration, "Coronet" encompasses a beautiful range of diamond jewellery creations; both meaningful and affordable. Reena designed these pieces by keeping in mind the self-purchasers and women who want

The Goldsmiths’ Company 2017 Studio Internship Graduate Award

SIGA The Goldsmiths’ Company 2017 Studio Internship Graduate Award         About the Award A Goldsmiths’ Company award open to two graduates (within 5 years of graduation) to support the next generation of silversmiths. The award offers the opportunity to train with the country’s leading silversmiths for 16 weeks (which can be undertaken on a part time basis) before creating an exhibition of work at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. On completion, a certificate will be awarded at a special ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall. Funding for Each Graduate Includes A maintenance living grant of £210 per week for a total of 16 weeks.

Philip Kydd Apprentice wins Gold at Jewellery Oscars

James  Kydd , silversmithing apprentice under his master (and  father) Philip  Kydd , recently had a very  successful evening at the Goldsmiths ’  Craft and Design Council Awards  – the  ‘ Oscars ’  for the jewellery and  silversmithing trades. The ceremony was held in the pre stigious  and beautiful surroundings of Goldsmiths ’  Hall in London.  James won the  Gold Award  in the Junior Craft category ;  the  Gold Award  in the Junior section of the  Polishing category; the  Bronze  Award for  Setting; and the  Special Award  (presented for the first time this  year) for  ‘A n appropriate design that

Syanyonja Artisan Miners' Alliance Achieves First African Fairtrade Certified Mine Status

Syanyonja Artisan Miners' Alliance (SAMA) has become the first artisanal small scale mining co-operative in Africa to become Fairtrade certified, bringing much needed hope to impoverished communities who risk their lives to mine the rich gold seam that runs around Lake Victoria. SAMA is one of nine previously informal groups from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania which has benefitted from a pilot project launched by Fairtrade in 2013. This innovative program aims to extend the benefits of Fairtrade gold to artisanal miners across East Africa. In that short time, SAMA has undergone training in business and entrepreneurship, as well as safe

Selvedge Fair - Pendle Heritage Centre 2017

The team behind the cult magazine Selvedge bring a curated collection of fifty merchants and makers to Burnley The exhibitors sell a range of rare vintage fabrics, covetable haberdashery and skilfully handmade textile treasures. The fair offers the perfect opportunity to meet makers, catch up with old friends and find that special something. The fair will take place at the  Pendle Heritage Centre , located in Park Hill which is an ancient textile settlement that goes back to medieval time. The centre, dedicated to studying and promoting this local heritage, is a former farmhouse built in the 17th century which also has

On The Rocks: The Statement Cocktail Ring Soaked in History

As the temperatures outside begin to wind and cool down, the autumnal season trends are heating up to bolstering attention and flamboyant glamour. New season forecasting ushers in a new era of historical jewellery revival; a statement jewel like none other - the striking Cocktail ring. Dramatic, eye-catching and somewhat ostentatious, the cocktail ring is the epitome of excess which first found a name for itself as a symbol of independence and rebellion against the Prohibition over a century ago.  A bygone era, 1920s America was a time of tension and excess between deep rooted morals of the world war

Call for Applications: Artists in Schools Residencies

Applications are now invited for Cove Park's 2017 Artists in Schools residency project. Cove Park will award two funded residencies, of two weeks each, to individual artists working in any medium with experience and/or a desire to extend their practice into education.  Artists working in Visual Arts, Craft & Design, Literature, Performance, Film etc. are welcome to apply.  The Artists in Schools residencies are part of our wider public engagement programme called  Hands-On Cove Park .  They will take place concurrently during May 2017. Artists on residency are given the time, space and financial support to concentrate upon the development of their work. 

Franks Files: The Rich History of Magnificent Jewels

Frank Everett hits the books to reveal the exceptional provenance behind the highlights of Sotheby’s upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale on 25 April in New York. With a history that includes two celebrated design houses and three incomparable women, the outstanding 34-carat Stotesbury Emerald leads the auction, reappearing for the first time since 1971, alongside intricate pieces by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Sotheby's Upcoming Magnificent Jewels Sale - Including the Legendary Stotesbury Emerald The 25 April Magnificent Jewels sale is a vibrant celebration perfect for springtime. Centering upon jewels with distinguished provenances, the sale is one that honors the most

Stone Setting: One Day Intensive Course: One Day Intensive Course with Cardinal of London

Stone Setting: One Day Intensive Course with Lukasz Pasikowski from Cardinal of London Learn stone setting techniques Star setting/raised grain Flush (Gypsy) setting Gemstones provided Take home set piece of jewellery Learn from an experienced Jeweller During this one day course you will learn how to set with two different techniques, Star Setting (or raised grain setting) and Flush (or Gypsy) setting. This course is designed for beginners and  intermediate learners with previous experience in jewellery making. Level: This course is designed for an intermediate learners with previous experience in jewellery making. Time:  10:30am-6.00pm Price:  £130 Tools and materials included

Shine On Bright Beauty

Winter is dipping her wet and nippy toes into the weather pool of October leaving us reaching for those chunky rib jumpers reminiscent of poncho tents and playing safe with the cheerful colour of black as a staple colour palette. The emerging countdown to all things mistletoe mischief and tinsel-town fun gives us the perfect excuse to pop a drop of sparkle and sass into our solemn moods and matching wardrobe. Time to set your hungry eyes upon some majestical prey of adornments like the ruthless sparkle magpies the Jewellery world! Statement sparkle doesn't have to resort to gaudy coloured

AUTOR 2017

AUTOR 2017 90 artists, 5 continents, all senses Close your eyes. How do you think a ring sounds like? What’s the taste of a bracelet? Come to listen, see and taste contemporary jewellery from 5 continents at AUTOR, the International Jewellery Fair on 13 and 14 May, at the Grand Hotel du Boulevard. The only international event of contemporary jewellery in Southeastern Europe and one of the three in Europe is preparing for the 16th edition. We give you more. 90 designers are presenting for the first time their collections at AUTOR and are drawing a map of a complete

Beau Han Xu launches with a SPLASH!

Beau Han Xu, London is a new, innovative and luxurious lifestyle collection created by the award-winning jewellery designer and artist Beau Han Xu. His works include SPLASH! - The Beau Han Xu Diamond Couture Jewellery Collection. Inspired by Nature and the Ethereal, Beau is driven by the desire to freeze frame inspirational moments in time in his creations: a raindrop’s splash and the subtleties of light playing on light. Beau Han Xu is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, where he specialised in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery (GSM&J). In 2015 Beau showcased his SPLASH! Diamond Couture Jewellery

Official Timekeeper for Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

British watch brand Elliot Brown has signed up as the Official Timekeeper for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 17/18. To mark this partnership Elliot Brown will be launching a new flagship collection called Portland Adventurer in time for the start of the race. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is one of the greatest challenges of the natural world, an endurance test like no other. A fleet of twelve identical 70-foot ocean racing yachts, battle it out over 40,000 nautical miles during 325 days enduring all the elements. Built around our proven shock and water-proofing systems, the ‘Clipper

Shimell and Madden Launch new Film

An insight into the creative and craft process of  Shimell  and Madden, this video profile shows how the duo work together and develop their ideas. London based, they  create structural  gold pattern work that form distinctive fine jewellery pieces.  Shimell and Madden occupy that space where craft, art and fashion intersect. High quality and hand-crafted, their jewellery explores themes of science, nature and time. Shimell and Madden | The Process | 2017 from Shimell and Madden on Vimeo . They have been creating jewellery in their London studio since 2010. Emma

Better Business Group Seek New Steering Group Members

National Association of Jewellers' Better Business Group Seek New Steering Group Members The Better Business group is a new steering group that sits under the umbrella of the National Association of Jewellers National Committee, made up of a group of carefully selected volunteers that are experts in their relevant fields. About the Committee Its aim is to empower NAJ members, to operate Better Businesses, in line with the NAJ’s three core values of honesty, integrity and professionalism. Focusing primarily on smaller businesses who sometimes lack the necessary time, resources or expertise, the group is going to create a series of

Wrapped Up With A Bow

The bow. A simplistic yet elegantly chic nod to femininity that is stealing the scenes in the jewellery trends spotlight. A long time classic motif within Jewellery and fashion this understated design has continuously served as a symbolic emblem to stylish finesse, beauty and haute couture style. Looping back onto the style scene, the bow has been treated to a contemporary twist by multiple layers of precious metals fashioned into sculpted domes and rounded curves; playing with the reflections and refrains of light beams. The graceful craftsmanship of bow inspired adornments unfurl a graceful fluidity oozing with charming artistry. A

Appointment: South Coast Watch Business Appoint Guy Allen as Head of National Sales

South Coast watch business Elliot Brown has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of Guy Allen as Head of National Sales. Allen brings 35 years of industry experience to his new role with the Poole-based watch brand. For the past eight years Allen was the UK distributor for French brand Pequignet. Prior to that he owned a retail watch and jewellery business and ran a distribution business in the United States.  During this time Allen was Sales and Marketing Director of both Avia and Burberry and became the first UK distributor for Skagen. Co-founder of Elliot Brown, Ian Elliot, saif of

South Coast Watch Business Appoint Head of National Sales

South Coast watch business Elliot Brown has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of Guy Allen as Head of National Sales. Allen brings 35 years of industry experience to his new role with the Poole-based watch brand. For the past eight years Allen was the UK distributor for French brand Pequignet. Prior to that he owned a retail watch and jewellery business and ran a distribution business in the United States.  During this time Allen was Sales and Marketing Director of both Avia and Burberry and became the first UK distributor for Skagen. Co-founder of Elliot Brown, Ian Elliot, saif of

Boost in INHORGENTA MUNICH 2018 bookings signal healthy future

Booking figures for INHORGENTA MUNICH 2018 are showing a robust nine percent increase on the previous year pointing to a boost in prospects  for international exhibitors of jewelry and timepieces across Europe. Combined with an 8% increase in bookings for space, the growth has been welcomed among organisers and exibitors who include prominent brands such as Swiss watch brand Wenger or the Niessing jewelry manufactory. “Since the previous year already showed strong figures, we are particularly pleased about this early growth in bookings”, states Exhibition Director Stefanie Mändlein.  “Many long-time exhibitors remain loyal to us—and we have been able to

The Scotland Craft & Design Pavilion, Craft Scotland as part of London Design Fair

First ever Scottish pavilion at London Design Fair. More than 20 cutting edge craft makers have been selected for a showcase of Scottish excellence at the London Design Fair. It will be the first time Scotland has had its own pavilion at the prestigious four-day event and aims to raise the international profile of its talent in everything from ceramics, lighting and jewellery to glass, furniture and textiles. The Scotland: Craft & Design pavilion is an initiative between Craft Scotland (the national agency for craft) and Emergents, a community interest company supporting the development of creative careers, enterprise and the

Wax Carving: One Day Intensive Course with Cardinal of London

Wax Carving: One Day Intensive Course with Lukasz Pasikowski from Cardinal of London Bring your design Carve your own piece Improve your design skills Learn how to carve wax for stone setting Learn from an experienced Jeweller During this one day course you will learn how wax carving is used in the production of jewellery and how it can be used in the development and making of a piece.This course is design for an intermediate learners with previous experience in jewellery making. Level: This course is designed for an intermediate learners with previous experience in jewellery making. Time:  10:30am-6.00pm Price: 

Fera Jewellery Launches Animii Collection

Jo Gordon, the designer maker behind FERA Jewellery has announced the official launch of her formal debut collection for the brand she first c reated in 2014. Jo graduated from the prestigious School of Jewellery in 2014 where she first be gan to make and sell her jewellery  whilst studying traditional jewellery making techniq ues , winning  numerous industry awards for her designs .  Jo is a nomadic  and inquisitive  soul and  spends much of her time travelling the globe, searching for adventure and inspiration.  Currently living the island life in Bali, she can otherwise been found sourcing precious stones

Silver Swan Automation To Visit Science Museum, London

The much loved Silver Swan automaton - the emblem of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle - is to migrate to the Science Museum in London. The unique, life-size musical automaton will make the journey south in the New Year, where it will take its place as one of the star attractions in the Science Museum’s 2017 blockbuster exhibition, Robots.  It will be the first time this culturally important artefact has left The Bowes Museum since its purchase in 1872 by the Museum founders, John and Joséphine Bowes. They had earlier seen it at the Paris Exhibition of 1867, where

Studio E2F Pop Up Shop

Four London based contemporary jewellers host a pop up shop on Columbia Road. Anna Wales, Jenny Llewellyn, Sara Gunn and Will Odell all share Studio E2F at Cockpit Arts, Holborn. Each has their own distinctive style, choose from precious metals, diamonds, silicone and leather, there's something for everyone. Pop in and have a look at their stunning designs and treat yourself to a unique piece of jewellery! Open every weekend in April Saturdays: 11 - 5.30 Sundays: 10 - 5 (or by appointment between 1 - 30 April. Please email e2f.studio@gmail.com to arrange a time.) Special late night opening Thursday

Alexis Dove Re-Locates to Lewes High Street

Award winning jewellery designer Alexis Dove proudly launched her newly located store this week, on Lewes High Street, East Sussex. Having moved from a quaint boutique and studio in The Needlemakers, the new location opened its doors to VIP guests, press and longstanding customers for a festive night of fun and celebration. An invite only event, the party was attended by over 125 guests, who enjoyed a selection of delicious wines donated by long time customer, British TV presenter and wine expert Olly Smith. Championing her passion for all things eco after a trip to two Fairtrade accredited gold mines

British Fashion Council Announces Newgen Recipients For 2017 / 2018

The British Fashion Council (BFC) celebrates the fifteen emerging designers who will receive NEWGEN support for the year ahead. Following the announcement of a new format, NEWGEN sponsorship is now awarded annually to both menswear and womenswear designers who will show at either London Fashion Week Men’s or London Fashion Week. This new format is focused on celebrating the incredible pool of emerging menswear and womenswear talent in London. NEWGEN offers designers the time and support to hone in on critical business skills to futureproof their businesses. Britain leads the way when it comes to nurturing and developing young talent,

The Winter Exhibition, The Contemporary Silver Gallery

During the last 8 years, The Contemporary Silver Gallery have concentrated solely on a summer exhibition – initially just showing exceptional pieces of silver by the top UK silversmiths, and in the last 3 years also adding jewellery to the exhibits available for purchase. At the end of 2015, The Contemporary Silver Gallery were asked to trial a winter exhibition, with silver pieces only, and it was extremely successful. Consequently, in 2016 The Contemporary Silver Gallery have decided to repeat the Winter Exhibition, and now we have more time to talk to our favourite jewellery designers, we will also be

Cockpit Arts Open Studios 2017 - Deptford

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios  Meet 170 makers at two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present. Jewellers, glass makers, weavers, ceramicists… and a host of other crafts Featured showcase curated by renowned leather designer Bill Amberg Delicious food by Hand Made Food café Crafts magazine pop-up stall Demonstrations and talks from makers including Dovile Bertulyte, Julie Kouamo, and Lucy McGrath Yorkshire born singer Eleanor Rastall will perform summer time jazz tunes during the Friday evenings of both

Chocolate Hour Strikes

Boldly versatile, uniquely captivating and an understated way to make any ensemble sizzle with heat; chocolate brown is the new black, darling. From warming champagne tones, whipped cocoa butter accents to earthy, rich hues of fertile soil, the striking world of ticking timepieces is heating up its embodiment of everyday elegance by indulging our sweet teeth with wristwatches coated in seductive shades of chocolatiers finest. Fashion is a conveyor-belt world of trends, forecasts and collections and the world of wrist wear is keeping watch. With changing political settings, changing attitudes and changing faces, it seems about time for a switch

Christmas Shine with Andrew Geoghegan

Yet again Andrew Geoghegan has presented the luxury consumer with a well heeled choice of delectable jewels this Christmas. The designer has curated his collections to provide a seasonal choice for the most magical time of year. For the cocktail season his flamboyant ode to Versailles, the Chapiteau Paraiba, with its lavish flurry of pink sapphires, aquamarines and pristine diamonds with a distinctive hexagonal setting is the hero piece of the hour.  The Clair de Lune ring with a unique shape, playfully tricking the eye, allows light to bounce from every facet. Set with white diamonds, sapphires, chocolate coloured diamonds or

Amanda Mansell Unviels Striking New Piece

Jeweller Amanda Mansell has unveiled a new jewellery piece at Goldsmiths' Fair this week to accompany her iconic Concentric Ring. “Jewellery goes beyond the aesthetic. How a piece looks is important but it's more than that. Jewellery captures stories and moments in time. It's a lasting testament to the craftsmanship required just to bring a design to life. It's how it feels and what it means. This is what's important…” -Amanda Mansell Amanda was thrilled to be selected for a second consecutive year after her debut last year when her Concentric Ring featured on the flyer and poster for the

Jose Marin : Primavera

Jose Marin : Primavera When anodized, Titanium is the most jewel-like metal with it's glowing spectrum of colors shifting playfully in the light. It is also one of the most challenging materials to smith, but Jose Marin makes the challenge look effortless. Inspired by plant and marine life Marin sets precious and semi-precious stones in the Titanium. These new works dance with sophisticated and playful color at every movement.  "When I choose a material, it is always with the idea of transforming it into a magical object. At this time I have opted for Titanium, a unique metal. Its hardness

Graduate Show School of Jewellery Birmingham 2017

Silicone to Silver: Jewellery like you’ve never seen before! Final year students at the world famous School of Jewellery will be unveiling their collections for the first time at the Graduate Show this June. The show launches on Monday 12th June through till Saturday 17th June, with an Industry evening on Tuesday, 13th June from 5:30. With over 50 graduates exhibiting their unique collections there is most certainly something for everyone. Examples of this variety include kinetic elements, are 3D printed, involve unusual and tactile materials and even include hand cultivated crystals and homemade eco-resin. The aesthetic ranges from fun

London Fashion Week September 2016 Is Open For Business

London Fashion Week (LFW) September 2016 (16th – 20th September) will welcome over 5,000 guests from 58 countries showing that London and the UK is a major player on the global stage. The LFW schedule is as strong as ever. The 64th edition of LFW will feature 83 designers showcasing SS17 collections on the schedule and over 150 in the Designer Showrooms at Brewer Street Car Park. This season LFW welcomes back international brands MM6 and VERSUS. Sharon Wauchob will be joining the schedule for the first time and Huishan Zhang, Molly Goddard and Teatum Jones will all be showing

The Stony Look: Exposing Raw Power

With the resurgence of bohemian talisman charm flooding the summer runways, the crystal allure has embedded its way back into our jewellery trinket boxes with a plethora of raw stones demanding centre stage on the catwalks this fall. Forgoing dainty, dull and inconspicuous, the array of brushed stones being unearthed are boldly brilliant in their simplistic and effortless composition and infuse a charmingly seductive way to waltz into fashionable fall! An alluring way to inject a powerhouse statement to any outfit this coming winter and a champion detail that can enhance or strengthen an ensemble into high-power fashion territory! Time

Artists Commissions: To Make New Work In Extraordinary Places, National Trust

Following a successful application to Arts Council England, through Trust New Art, three opportunities for artists to work with National Trust have opened up in the Midlands.  Exploring ideas of global upheaval, science, religion and gender identity, they offer research and development time to new work with resources of staff and archives.  Open to all artists working in contemporary arts, who have been practicing for three years. Coming to an Open Day or independent visits are encouraged, please contact names  below. Fees Artists fees  from £5K- £20K. Application Deadlines Deadlines November and December. Some Open Days have taken place, but

When Sparks Fly: Leading Lady Gift Guide

There's no more hiding under your blanket of ignorance anymore so it's time to stop playing ostrich and embrace the fact that tis' officially the season to shimmer & shine topped off with an abundant shower of bubbly wine! Bring a touch of sparkle to Christmas morning and enchant the leading lady(ies) in your life with a gift that speaks from the deep dark depths of your wallet heart! When it comes to present plucking for the fine female in your life it can often leave you feeling like a duck led to a barren river-bed...out of your depth &

Trash & Treasures, Gallery Weekend Berlin 2017

There are a lot of exciting exhibitions in Berlin around the Gallery Weekend and we will also join the joyful hustle and bustle. The spirit of subversion is a never ending commodity of Berlin’s art world. With this in mind, the exhibition “Trash & Treasures” shows two worlds colliding: The “high” and the “low” of artistic jewellery creation, which par excellence represents power, wealth and status. Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them? Clara Schumann Trash & Treasures Date 27th of April 2017 Time 6pm Venue Clemens Ritter von Wagner, Wagner Preziosen, Mommsenstraße 4, 10629 Berlin

IJL Launches New Seminar Offering 2017 Show

International Jewellery London has unveiled a completely revised and revamped seminar schedule for 2017, bringing back the Inspiration Theatre and Trends Catwalk and introducing DIGIfest, The Academy and Skills Lab for the very first time. The three-day seminar programme has been carefully tailored to 2016 show feedback, ensuring the questions most commonly asked by jewellery retailers, brands and businesses are answered in style. Topics covered by expert speakers and panels this year include social media marketing, working with influencers, digital design, retail experience, the customer journey and expert sales training. Leading luminary Stephen Webster shine brightly in this year’s line-up,

Atelier Romy: Online Only Fine Jewellery Atelier

From a London goldsmith’s workbench a vision developed  for the creation of a new online only fine jewellery brand, offering the combined 20 year experience of two founders jewellery  elegance for the everyday working woman Atelier Romy is underpinned by Sabine Roemer and Hermione Underwood’s vision to develop beautiful pieces manufactured with world class craftsmanship. Created by women for women, Atelier Romy intends to transcend seamlessly across occasions and time zones whilst complementing the wearer’s individual style. With over 20 years experience in the jewellery industry, the founders feel that consumers deserve a brand that focuses on transparency, integrity and

Johnny Rocket Jewellery: A Contemporary Vision Online

A new chapter is now being written with the launch of the Johnny Rocket website, encapsulating classic collections alongside newly created collections. The website introduces the diversity of Johnny’s designs and makes them widely available for the first time. Johnny is bringing his personal touch and quality of service to the internet, blending technology & tradition with a contemporary vision. With the advent of this new ecommerce site, he introduces Renaiscemento Rose: a signature women’s collection alongside the new androgynous Flame collection. Johnny relaunches his perennial classic original Swallow and classic 1950s Sci-fi inspired debut Space collection with the addition

Kate Dumbleton Launches 'Jewel Creatures' Collection

Kate  Dumbleton  has  announced the launch of her   new collection, ' Jewel Creatures'.  A long time in development, first sketched out around 2 years ago,  this  collection features  a range of gem set animals with a difference. The  creatures  featured in the new collection - Cat, Mouse, Dog, Rabbit, Bear and Fox ,  are depicted  by only a few settings in different shapes.  The initial range of rings and pendants   in  silver ,  various gemstones and c ubic  z irconia , can be made to order in any colour combinations . Totally customizable,  buyers can choose the colours

Call for Applications: Design Jewellery Area, Baselworld 2017

For the first time, there will be an especially assigned space at Baselworld 2017, dedicated to Design Jewellery, which is now open for applications. Spaces The spaces in this special design zone are approx. 500 m2 in Hall 1.1. Messe Basel, Switzerland. There are two options for potential participants: Option A Individual booth Approx. 25 m2 CHF 15.500 Incl. rent, dividing and backwalls, floor and basic illumination. Please bring your own interior, showcases etc. 1 room for 2 persons for the duration of the show is also included! Option B Space on collective booth Approx. 6 to 8 m2 CHF

Open Studios: Made In Clerkenwell Winter 2016, Craft Central

Made in Clerkenwell is a bi-annual celebration of Craft Central resident designer makers and Network members. For the first time we welcome visitors to 4 iconic Clerkenwell venues filled with over 150 designer makers selling quality handmade home accessories, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, stationary and prints. Everything you could possibly need for Christmas. Open Studios Throughout Craft Central St John's Square & Clerkenwell Green, you'll be welcomed to discover and meet some the UK's most notable designer makers in their private studios. This is your chance to purchase and commission directly from these designer makers - truly special gifts for Christmas.

The Pommier Launches Pop-Up Shop At Boxpark Shoreditch

This May, global online retailer The Pommier will launch its first pop-up shop at Boxpark Shoreditch to showcase its unique and creative range of independent accessory designers. Customers will now be able to experience The Pommier in real life and get to meet the world’s most exciting emerging designers in person for a limited time only. The pop-up will feature 25 designers who will showcase their handmade fashion accessories throughout the week.  The Pommier pop-up shop will launch on 16 May and will be open until 28th May. The shop will house six spectacular designers each day on a rotating

Christmas Open Studio, New England House - Brighton

New England House is unique in Brighton: a diverse community of creative and entrepreneurial people working under one roof. Now in its 16th year, the December Open Studios Show is the only time in the year when the artists and makers open their doors to the general public. Visitors will have a chance not only to buy work direct from the makers, but will have the added excitement of seeing how and where they work and even to commission unique new work. Over 50 artists, designers, makers exhibiting & selling beautiful high quality art & unique gifts: Photography, Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations,

Commission: New Huguenot Silver

The Huguenot Museum seek to commission some unique pieces of silver to be sold in our Museum Shop in time for Christmas. About the Museum: The Huguenot Museum opened last year and tells the important story of the French Protestants who fled persecution in France in the 17th Century. Silver was one of the key trades practiced by these new arrivals, who changed the face of the craft. About the Project: We seek to commission a new piece (or pieces) of silver or jewellery which has been inspired by Huguenot Heritage which we will then sell in our Museum shop

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship 2017

The Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship is a nine-month program established to provide emerging artists with time and space to explore new ideas and ambitious projects in an environment of independent learning, study, and collaboration. The fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists who desire to develop projects (at any stage) that promote meaningful social impact, and for those who wish to follow the path of leadership in the field of socially-engaged art. Located in Washington D.C., Halcyon Arts Lab accepts six national or international fellows and two DC-resident fellows in each year of the program. Why

Club Tropicana: 70s Colour Pop

With a British nation still in rocky, murky waters from Brexit, the fashion world have taken their new season sights into a lookbook awash with vivacious colour, flamboyancy and rebellious bursts of bijou. Whilst the political world battles amongst heavy tones of choking debates and pessimism, jump aboard the trend-led train of kitsch with a nod to the peace-loving 70s in all things theatrical, vibrant and positively uplifting! As Spring strikes time on her sleepy arrival to the skies, indulge in the succulent and sweet taste of the bright side of life by injecting a buzz of tropical spirit into

Morley Winter Fair 2016, Morley College - London

It's that time of year again! Celebrate the festive season at our annual Winter Fair. Join Morley College at their annual Winter Fair for a day of festive fun for all the family. Pick up unique, handcrafted gifts for Christmas, hang out with friends and family, taste some amazing street food and enjoy live performances and demonstrations. There will be stalls selling a variety of arts and crafts, as well as performances and taster sessions, children's activities and street food on offer. Corrine Edwards London will be selling Contemporary Silver jewellery including her Hexagon range and bee jewellery. You can

A Hint of Pink to Make Them Wink

Take a peek at the Spring fling Benchpeg lookbook and prepare to reign supreme in all things darling pink! Now it wouldn't be the fashion world if it didn't use the dismal first months of the year to tamper and tease our tastebud trends with a glimpse of Spring time fashion delights.  The blushing shade of romance struck the catwalks in dazzling delights and has laced her charm into the jewellery cupboards of many buzzing designers. Bid farewell to the dark and gloomy days of winter depression and skip into the bright lights of Spring with the covetable tint of

Museum of London & Craft Central Christmas Pop-Up

The Museum of London shop and designer-maker charity Craft Central have teamed up for the first time to create a special pop-up store for Christmas. The collaboration will offer shoppers a festive destination to buy original, stylish and handcrafted gifts for friends and family. Opening on 14th November, the pop-up will feature 10 independent designer-makers, specially selected by the Museum and Craft Central, selling handcrafted jewellery, ceramics, stationery, homewares, prints and paper craft all made in the UK with most made in London. For more original gifts, browse the Museum of London shop for a number of exclusive products including

Heat, Bash, Buff: Learning To Make A Silver Ring

"Jewellery Has The Power To Be This One Little Thing That Can Make You Feel Unique." - Jennie Kwon Having recently embarked upon my eye-opening journey into the world of Jewellery, my spirit guide, editor and working partner to all things sparkly and juicy in the jewellery world thought it was about time I stopped talking the talk of all things silver and pretty and set my sights upon navigating the benchpeg instead. The idea of flouncing around flaunting my very own silver number sounded absolutely fabulous whilst the idea of me having to make friends with a hammer and

News Edit: 19 July 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Richemont quarterly sales halve as luxury sector absorbs body blow Cartier owner offers no financial guidance but says China offers bright spot www.ft.com Meet the clickbait craftmakers How to Spend It: Millennials are now more likely to buy handmade wares than any other generation, says the Crafts Council. Here’s why howtospendit.ft.com Chaumet’s New Perspective On 240 Years Of Jewellery History Vogue: Usually at this time of year, we’d be in Paris marvelling over haute couture and high jewellery in person, but Covid-19

ten Hompel completes National Museums Scotland’s Glenmorangie Commission

Since 2018, Simone ten Hompel has been taking a journey into the world of National Museums Scotland, its artefacts, and the research that is being currently conducted as part of the Glenmorangie Fellowship into the 9th to 12th centuries, an era of rapid change, political instability and cultural diversity, out of which the Scottish nation was born.  [youtube url=http://youtu.be/w22ppGiynms] The final blog by Sarah Rothwell, Curator, Modern & Contemporary Design can be read here: blog.nms.ac.uk The resulting artwork,  coordinate  explores Scotland’s journey through time – its changing landscape and the continual rediscovery of its past. It represents an abstracted interpretation of Scotland’s landmass, one [youtube

All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star - Series 2

Call for Applications: All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star - Series 2 Twenty Twenty Productions Limited are responsible for making award winning programmes such as First Dates, The Choir, A House Through Time and most recently BBC’s Two’s brand new show, All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star and they are on the hunt for people to take part in the next series.  The current series is presented by Katherine Ryan and judged by industry experts Shaun Leane and Solange Azagury-Partridge and is on air from 8pm Tuesday 13 April, BBC2. Call for Applications - Series 2 ‘All That Glitters Britain’s Next Jewellery

Jo Hayes Ward creates Designs as Unique as You

Every year, Spring inevitably brings with it wedding season. Something less predictable, however, is Jo Hayes Ward's collection of alternative wedding jewellery.  Jo’s love-affair with sculpture began in her formative college years where she experimented with shapes, structures and intricate 3D patterns. By the time she graduated from her Masters in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at London’s Royal College of Art she had refined the unique signature style we see today. For those in love with design, Jo Hayes Ward's distinctive designs might prove the perfect way to display their commitment, without having to sacrifice their own style. More

How to earn more money from your workshop waste!

Learn how to make money from the rubbish your workshop! 11 March 2020 Drill Hall, Edinburgh A FREE reclamation event for practical jewellers, students and jewellery groups, teaching the secrets of making money from the ‘rubbish’ in a jewellery workshop. ➕Additional Guest Speaker: Kerry Gregory, Gemmology Rocks . Presenting ‘Dosh For Diamonds’, an informative talk on how you can make money from your reclaimed diamonds. Date and Time Wednesday, 11 March 2020 17:30 – 20:30 GMT Add to Calendar Location Out of the Blue Drill Hall 36 Dalmeny St Edinburgh EH6 8RG View Map Tickets FREE To Book www.eventbrite.co.uk

News Edit: 10th January 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Culture Of Time The Waldorf-Astoria's Iconic Clock, A Gift From Queen Victoria, Is Ready To Run Again Hodinkee: A year-long restoration lets this horological jewel in the crown shine like new. hodinkee.com ‘Who Doesn’t Love a Diamond?’ NY Times: The author of ‘The Lost Jewels’ talks about a trove of hidden gems, walking tours of London and Samuel Pepys. www.nytimes.com Diamanti Per Tutti extends travel retail footprint in partnership with DFS Moodies: Belgian jewellery and diamond specialist Diamanti Per Tutti (DPT) has opened its first travel retail-dedicated boutique,

News Edit: 26 July 2020

As we find our 'new normal' here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   The best high jewellery from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Tatler: Paris's Couture Fashion Week isn't all about the decadent gowns, it's also the time prestigious jewellery designers present their dazzling high jewellery collections. Here is Tatler's Watch and Jewellery editor's selection of the finest pieces. tatler.com Cartier Unveils [Sur]naturel High Jewellery Collection Tatler: Cartier's new haute joaillerie collection taps into the limitless inspirational reserve of mother nature. The pieces, whilst embodying the spirit of nature, are highly stylised and exquisitely crafted

V&A’s Friday Late 2020 Programme

V&A’s Friday Late 2020 Programme V&A’s Friday Late 2020 programme announced on themes of ‘The Body’, ‘Endeavour’ and ‘Illusions’ Friday Late at the V&A – the original late-night museum event – celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture using the V&A collection and building as its inspiration. For the first time, Friday Late will be programmed across three seasons spanning the year and will explore subjects of ‘The Body’, ‘Endeavour’ and ‘Illusions’. Through these topics audiences will come face-to-face with some of the most innovative artists, musicians and designers working today. Brought to life through live performances, film screenings, installations,

Captivating Brilliance by Peter Schmid

Peter Schmid, world-renowned jewelry maker, is launching his all-new exhibition at Patina Gallery,  Captivating Brilliance , inspired by the Santa Fe Opera’s 2018 production of Giacomo Puccini’s  Madame Butterfly , writes Ilaria Ruggiero in this exhibition review.   The exhibition will open on August 10th at Patina Gallery at 131 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe.  Captivating Brilliance  will showcase pieces greatly influenced from the movements of Orientalism and Exoticism that were popular at the time of Puccini’s  Madame Butterfly  debut. An amazing crossover of inspirations and ideas, on one hand coming from the most current interpretations of Puccini's opera, on the other hand from ancient rituals,

International Women's Day Event

International Women's Day Event National Design and Craft Gallery Friday 8 March 1pm - 4pm Celebrate International Women's Day at the National Design and Craft Gallery. Join us for crafternoon tea treats, chats and tote bag screen printing to mark the occasion. All are welcome to drop in between  1pm - 4pm. For group bookings please email   events@ndcg.ie  to confirm your time of arrival. FREE event. International Women's Day  (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day

Women's Jewellery Network - Birmingham Event

Women's Jewellery Network - Birmingham Event The  Women's Jewellery Network  is pleased to confirm a Birmingham sister event to the launch in London taking place at the same time on  International Women's Day , 8th March 2018. Attendees will hear from the following speakers, at this event, kindly hosted by the team at  AnchorCert Acdemy , part of the  AnchorCert Group : UK’s first female Assay Master and former Cookson Precious Metals CEO, Stella Layton Company of Master Jeweller’s Executive Director of Business Development & Marketing, Lucy Reece-Raybould A panel discussion will focus on the folllowing topic: What changes need to be

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2017 - Holborn

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2017 Meet 170 makers at our two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present. Jewellers, glass makers, weavers, ceramicists… and a host of other crafts Featured showcase curated by renowned leather designer Bill Amberg Delicious food by Hand Made Food café Crafts magazine pop-up stall Demonstrations and talks from makers including Dovile Bertulyte, Julie Kouamo, and Lucy McGrath Yorkshire born singer Eleanor Rastall will perform summer time jazz tunes during the Friday evenings

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2017 - Deptford

Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios 2017 Meet 170 makers at our two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present. Jewellers, glass makers, weavers, ceramicists… and a host of other crafts Featured showcase curated by renowned leather designer Bill Amberg Delicious food by Hand Made Food café Crafts magazine pop-up stall Demonstrations and talks from makers including Dovile Bertulyte, Julie Kouamo, and Lucy McGrath Yorkshire born singer Eleanor Rastall will perform summer time jazz tunes during the Friday evenings

Kingsgate Workshops Winter Show

Earlier this year, the 75 artists and makers who inhabit Kingsgate Workshops’ unique and enchanting Victorian warehouse held their annual Open Studios. It was so successful they’ve opted for a festive edition – this time it’s all about the presents. There’ll be beautiful handmade unique gifts available, ranging from Steve Buck’s ceramic decorations, to Beverly Bryon’s fused glass creations. Private View Join them on Thursday evening for our grand opening, with festive appetisers in the magical fairy-lit courtyard. Late Night Shopping Opening late on Friday. Pop down after work and get cracking on your Christmas shopping, with decorations, gifts, stocking

Fei Liu Cascade Collection Adorns at L’Oreal Colour Trophy

Fei  Liu Fine Jewellery has teamed up with  premier  hair salon, Matthew Paul Salon, for the annual  L’Oreal  Colour Trophy.  Anotonia  wears Cascade Collection's large ring, stud ring, large pendant and large choker. The L'Oréal Colour Trophy, is the longest running live hairdressing competition in the world, and showcases some of the brightest hairdressing talents across the country, whilst ensuring that hairdressers nationwide are continually inspired to celebrate ‘Hair Inspired by Fashion’. Seven-time regional finalist Matthew Fairbrother, the owner of Matthew Paul Salon, competed against fellow elite hairdressers for the Backstage Live Finals at the Rum Warehouse, Liverpool. For the

Nambé Celebrates Successful UK Launch Event

Designer lifestyle brand, Nambé, hosted its official UK launch event on June 29, giving retailers, buyers, journalists and social media influencers the chance to see its extensive ranges for the first time.  The award-winning brand took over a private room at London’s popular Hoxton Hotel to bring its lifestyle collections to life, while also displaying its new sterling silver jewellery offer that impressed buyers at JCK Las Vegas earlier this year. Representatives from jewellery retailers and department stores were particularly impressed with the brand’s wide-ranging giftware items, including wedding, baby, new- home and special occasion items. Buyers in attendance also